There’s lot of talk as to how Arthur intervened and stopped Kusal Mendis being dropped from the tour of India early this year. It seems Arthur didn’t want Mendis to play in India but be around so that Flower could work a few technical things.
“People like to watch Kusal play. He is very pleasing on the eye. He has obviously under performed with regards to the ability and stats that go alongside that. He is working on things like technique, getting tighter on his off-stump. What to play and what to leave. Play with soft hands when defending. He is an exciting player to work with and really nice person,” Flower explained.
“The key is about batting time. Instead of looking too far play just one ball at a time. With good players, if you spend an extended time at the crease, you will get the runs. It’s just that getting that process right and getting rhythm into your batting. The attacking shots will come when you spend time at the crease,” Flower stressed on Mendis’ game further.
Alongside Mendis there is Niroshan Dickwella. Immensely gifted, unafraid and has a knack to get under the opposition’s skin. Like Mendis, often people lose patience with Dickwella.