It had to happen.
Splendid’s hit a 2 match lean patch.
The jury is out and Mendis is no longer a threat.
So says Harbajan and so says a million others who are of the idea that flyslips own Splendid is no good.
Its true that Mendis has picked up only a single wicket in 2 games.
Its also true that the batsmen from Pakistan and India played him better than anyone has in his short career.
But its also true that Mendis is not bowling to his capabilities.
The kids trying out too many variations within one over and ends up losing his length.
That works with lesser opposition like Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or West Indies but not against the spin gurus from India.
The last two ODIs showed Mendis bowling too short too often and then over compensating by throwing it up too much.
The batsmen have played him well, looking to attack and trying to be aggressive, but Mendis has contributed his share to the problem.
We think its a case of inexperience, after all he is only 25 matches old. A mere toddler in today’s world.
Luckily for him he doesn’t need to look too far for advice. Murali has been bowling well in the last few games without too many wickets.
His flight is good and the length is near perfect.
The other thing Murali does well is hide his doosra, he works over a bastmen with his stock ball and then picks him off with the wrong un.
Mendis needs to steal a couple of Muralis play books to learn this. He has an arsenal of tricks to match Wasim Akram. But he tries to over do it.
The importance of a stock ball can’t be under estimated. Even for someone as gifted with variation as Splendid is.
Wanting to do well is good, but trying too hard is not.
Splendid will learn from this. But he has to learn fast.