Unorthodox Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis, who has confounded batsmen with his range of variations without a perceptible change in his action, has become the talking point ahead of the Test series against India.
Mendis, 23, destroyed India with a haul of six wickets for 13 in the final of the Asia Cup and should make his Test debut in the three-match series starting on Wednesday in Colombo.
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"Let's face it, we were just clueless against him and his variations and it was tough on the batsmen," India's one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told a news conference following the 100-run cup defeat earlier this month.
"We were playing him for the first time and the batsmen just couldn't pick him."
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