Kamindu bowls with both hands again
Sri Lankan ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis has once again hit the headlines, this time too for his rare talent of bowling with both hands.
That Kamindu is one of those rare breeds of bowlers who can bowl with both right and left hands is not an unknown fact to anyone. However, he is now again in the centre of attraction and discussion with the warm-up one day match between visiting England side and the Srilankan Board XI.
More importantly, Kamindu was quite successful as a batsman in this match. He used his left hand to hold the bat and went on to score as many as 61 runs, before using his both hands in his 8 overs of bowling.
With no doubt associated, Kamindu is very close to earn an international call-up from the Sri Lankan side that is going through a transition period. He is already a well known figure with the world cricket fraternity because of his unique prowess of bowling with both hands. And now he has done it against an international side as well.
Kamindu first caught everyone’s attention during the ICC Youth World Cup 2016 held in Bangladesh. He became an overnight sensation after bowling with both hands in a group game against Pakistan. Since then, he has done in on some other occasions as well. But this is the first time for him to do it against a full-fledged intrnational side.
It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars also discovered a pace bowler who can bowl with both arms in its talent hunt program. As per details, Yasir Jan, a 21-year-old, can also bowl with both arms, and generate serious pace with either.
As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, it’s also not the first time for them to produce an ambidextrous bowler. Previously they had another such bowler in the form of Hashan Tilakaratne who had bowled with both hands during a league phase game against Kenya in the 1996 World Cup. Interestingly, Kamidnu had the opportunity to play with Tilakaratne’s son in age-level cricket.
Tilakaratne played for the Sri Lankan ODI side till 2003. Though he was mainly considered as a batsman, his part-time bowling prowess can not be ignored either. Bowling in 15 matches overall, he bagged 6 wickets.
To be noted, Bangladesh too has its very own ambidextrous bowler, though she is from the women’s side. During a World Cup qualifier match against Pakistan back on February 8, 2017, Bangladesh’s Shaila Sharmin had bowled with both hands.