Ranjan Paranavithana of Lakbima recently caught up with Ajantha Mendis.
In his interview he questions Mendis' mentality with this sudden rise to fame, the challenges he faced bowling to Dhoni & Company and his failures with the bat.
LN: What do you think about your journey in international cricket so far?
AM: I’m really happy. I didn’t expect it to be so successful. But I should say this; I’ve a long way to go.
LN: Players like MS Dhoni seems to have come to grips with your bowling. Don’t you agree?
AM: It should be like that. Talented batsmen learn quickly and correct their mistakes. I too should improve and find ways to beat them. But you can’t say that the Indian batsmen were their usual selves. They were very cautious.
LN: Some say you climbed up so quickly and that can spoil you. What do you think?
AM: I like to make this request to all including the media: please don’t expect too much from me. It can put me under immense pressure. I’m still new to this field. Don’t worry. I know how to use my head. I don’t run after money. My first place is for cricket. I’ll get everything if only I play well.
LN: Is it true that some English counties showed interest in you?
AM: Yes, Sussex, Surrey and Kent were interested in me. But I thought I should spend that month or so here and rest. A also need to work on my fitness.
LN: You have been short-listed for the emerging player’s award at the forthcoming ICC awards ceremony. How do you feel?
AM: I’ll be really happy if such an award come my way so soon.
LN: We know that you are a good batsman when it comes to inter-club tournaments. But you have failed to do much in international matches?
AM: Yes. I’ve failed with the bat. Ten or fifteen runs with the bat may come handy for your team. I’m working on my batting right now.
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