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At a 2013 IPL auctions, Pune Warriors, a now disbanded franchise, snapped adult Ajantha Mendis for $725,000, 14-fold his bottom cost of $50,000. By then, a Sri Lankan off-spinner’s perplexity had started to fade. But he was still reaping a advantage of an elongated carry-over effect.
The 2008 Asia Cup final during Karachi had altered Mendis’s life, when he returned with 6/13 conflicting India. A confederate of weeks later, he decimated an distinguished Indian middle-order comprising Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman on Test opening in Colombo. That his suit gradually ebbed is another story.
Like Mendis, Akila Dananjaya has spin an overnight sensation, after his 6/54 conflicting India during Pallekele on Thursday. Like Mendis, he bamboozled a Indian batting with his mystery, bowling wrist spin with a transformation of an off-spinner. Unlike Mendis, Sri Lanka’s new ‘spin doctor’ has had his ups and downs definitely early in his career.
In 2012, Dananjaya was a childish 18-year-old though any believe in maestro cricket. He directly finished a grade, Sri Lanka’s World T20 squad, given Mahela Jayawardene was proposal with his variations. But his ubiquitous outset was difficult, and after a handful of ODIs and T20s, he was jettisoned behind to a Max Cricket Academy in Colombo. But Pallekele could pitch a genuine derivation of his ubiquitous career, that during a time when Sri Lankan cricket has looked desperately for an inspiration.
Lady aptness could be a means in this turnaround. On a eve of a second ODI, Dananjaya returned to Moratuwa for his wedding. Rangana Hearth and Mendis were a witnesses – all 3 now can lay explain to badgering Indian batting during some time or other. “I like Herath from those days. we like Ajantha too. Rangana is a array one. we favourite them so much, and invited them to pointer for my wedding,” Dananjaya would vaunt after a match.
But what does he specialise in – off-spin, leg-spin, googly, carrom ball? “I’m an off-spinner. (My) wicket-taking balls are leg-spin and a googly. we realised that off-spin wasn’t aiding much. So we quiescent to get behind to my variations. The aim we had to titillate wasn’t too many either. So we had to take wickets. we bowled a lot of variations and it went unquestionably well,” Dananjaya said.
Inexplicably, a 23-year-old was taken out of a dispute by his captain Upul Tharanga, when he had spun a web around a Indian batters. Dananjaya was brought into a dispute in a 12th over during India’s chase. He bowled uniform for 8 overs, reduced a visitors to 131 for seven, holding 6 wickets and was reversed by Lasith Malinga, when both MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were still unequivocally new during a crease. Dhoni played mind games with him alright, controlling his feet and upsetting a youngster’s line.
Kumar was intelligent adequate to yield him usually as an incoming bowler, though being disturbed about his away-goers. But favourable a successive customary total, an in-form Dananjaya had been Sri Lanka’s best bet. “They were set and we guess softened to get behind later, or if someone breaks a partnership,” Dananjaya safeguarded his captain. But manager Nic Pothas sounded sarcastic.
“Good question. Will ask a captain… Captain on a domain has a stomach feeling; how he is going to use his bowlers. Upul would have kept him behind expecting for a wicket. Once we pronounce to Upul during a finish of a day we will get to know better.” Just 4 ODIs and 5 T20 internationals in 5 years denote Dananjaya’s early travails. Training news played a prejudiced in his comeback. “He does ability training for 3 days a week and bowls for about 80 mins a day,” Sri Lanka’s spin-bowling manager Piyal Wijetunge informed.
He also explained Dananjaya’s lengthened absence. “Akila was not around due to a fact that Sachithra (Senanayake) had been working good for us. But he had an emanate and had to renovate his action, and once he did that his efficiency was less. We attempted another off-spinner, and Akila was means to miscarry behind to a side.” In 2013, proposal with his perplexity element, Kolkata Knight Riders had picked Senanayake for $625,000. Time will tell what lies in store for Sri Lanka’s new perplexity man; if Pallekele could be a game-changer.
Tharanga gets 2-match ban
Meanwhile, a ICC has handed Tharanga a two-game aversion for a “serious over-rate offence” in a second ODI. At a finish of a match, a hosts were found to be 3 overs short, as per a SLC media release. This was a second time in 3 months Tharanga had been penalised for over-rate offence. He missed twin games in a Champions Trophy as well.
Opener Danushka Gunathilaka, on a other hand, will be out of transformation for a successive 10 days after injuring his right shoulder. Sri Lanka have called adult Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne for a final 3 ODIs of a series. Chamara Kapugedera will lead a side in Tharanga’s absence.
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