Four Lankan Masters

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene -

Ramachandra Guha In 40 years of watching international cricket, one of the absolute highlights remains an innings I saw by the stocky Sri Lankan, Duleep Mendis. It was played at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the first week of November, 1975. Sri Lanka, which had not yet been awarded Test status, were touring India, and playing the North Zone in preparation for the unofficial ‘Tests’ to follow. Mendis’s father was a cricket fan, naming his son after K.S. Duleepsinhji, nephew of the immortal Ranji. Duleep, who — like his uncle — played for Cambridge University, Sussex, and England, was an artist with the bat, using skill and timing to great effect. His Sri Lankan namesake, however, relied more on brute… Read More →