Ambidextrous spinner achieves remarkable career first

A 20-year-old spinner from Sri Lanka who bowls with both arms has achieved a big career milestone.

Sri Lanka have included the ambidextrous bowler in their 15-member squad for the one-off Twenty20 match against England.

Kamindu Mendis, who has captained Sri Lanka at Under-19 level, was brought into the squad led by Thisara Perera for Saturday’s match at Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.

Kamindu Mendis bowls with both arms. Image: Getty

It will be Mendis’ first cap at senior international level if he’s picked in the XI.

Though his bowling talents have made international headlines, it’s actually his batting that is his main strength.

He made 61 off 72 balls in a warm-up match against England before the current ODI squad.

Kamindu Mendis poses with the trophy after their win in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Plate Final. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka T20 squad: Thisara Perera (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kamindu Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dhananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep.

with AFP