Ajanta Mendis breaks Umar Gul’s record of best bowling figures in a T20 match. Mendis claimed 6 wickets for just 16 runs to shatter Aussies dreams of leveling the series. Earlier Umar Gul of Pakistan held the record of taking 5 wickets for 6 runs after bowling just 3 overs against the Kiwis in the 2009 T20 Worldcup.
Mendis is a gem of a bowler peaking on the horizon at the exact right moment for Srilanka as Muralitharan was looking to call it a day. Mendis gave some superb performances as soon as he arrived at the scene however he later had a slow patch before bouncing back with even more power. Playing his first T20 against Australia in the series, Mendis puzzled the australian batsmen beyond recovery as they failed to chase a 157 run target.
Sometimes classified as a right arm slow medium, Mendis is more of a spinner and bowls a mixture of offbreaks, top-spinners, googlies, flippers and legbreaks. As of today, Mendis has 62 Test wickets, 90 ODI wickets and 39 T20 wickets. Mendis is the highest non-Pakistani wicket taker in T20 Internationals.
Obviously the first three spots are occupied the Pakistanis with Shahid Afridi at No 1 with 53 wickets, Umar Gul at second spot with 47 wickets and Saeed Ajmal at three with 43 wickets.
Mendis is a young and telented bowler who has a wonderful future ahead of him. He has just started registering in the record books, let see how many other records he would have to his name upto the end of his career.