Kusal Mendis’ poor form continued as he was sent off for his fourth consecutive duck in testing. Coming to bat at number 3 against England in the first test in Galle today, Mendis had gone out in the second ball. He hooked his bat on the outside of the stump and nicked the ball to England wicket keeper Jos Buttler, who took a smart catch. At the time of writing, Sri Lanka is struggling at 47-3 on Day 1.
With his latest feat, Kusal mendis joined a roster of separate players who achieved the unwanted feat of scoring four consecutive ducks in tryout heats. In hitting the top six, Kusal Mendis matched the likes of Pankaj Roy, Mohinder Amarnath and Mark Waugh, who all managed four straight ducks in their trying careers. Surprisingly, Danny Morrison has the most batting ducks in the top six, as he has five consecutive zeros to his name.
With Morrisson, who was often deployed as a night watchman by New Zealand, the record for most consecutive ducks in tests is shared by Bob Holland, Ajit Agarkar and Mohammad Asif. Kusal Mendis surely wouldn’t want to join that list when he comes out at bat in the second set against England.
Kusal Mendis’ trial career at a glance
Sri Lanka were recently whitewashed by South Africa in a two-match test series. Kusal Mendis could only manage 12 points on the whole tour, all of which came in the opening rounds of the first test.
Mendis has undoubtedly blown hot and cold into his career so far. He sometimes showed promise, but also got bad form. With the exception of today’s test, Kusal Mendis has played 46 games for Sri Lanka and scored 3,007 points at an average of 35.37, including seven centuries and 11 half centuries.
However, the right-handed batsman doesn’t appear to be able to score a run at the moment. Mendis should step up his defense if he doesn’t want to create more unwanted discs.
Posted on Jan 14, 2021 12:25 PM