Ajantha Mendis won the ICC emerging player of the year award. An amazing feat for a man who made his debut into international cricket exactly five months to the day.
Mendis and his unique art of spin bowling has bagged 26 wickets at an average of an astonishing 18.38 apiece in just three Tests. Mendis has also bagged 33 ODI wickets in just 13 matches at an average of 10.81.
"I am delighted to win the award."
"It is an honour to play for Sri Lanka and I hope to continue playing for my country for a long time to come," said Mendis speaking to the press at the ceremony.
The other nominees for the award were Stuart Broad of England, Morne Morkel from South Africa and India's Ishant Sharma.
Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene accepted the Spirit of Cricket award on behalf of team Sri Lanka for the second year running. The spirit of Cricket award is awarded to the team who has best conducted it's self on the field according to the ICC elite panels of umpires and match referees.