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Mendis zooms into fast lane

Posted on: July 28, 2008

The gates were thrown open on Saturday at the Sinhalese Sports Club. It had nothing to do with the hosts holding the upper hand. The Papars band had infused life into the venue but it was still the Indian fans outnumbered the locals. Hence the organisers decision to give free access to fans who wanted to support Mahela Jayawardene and his boys. Entry to the two grassy “hills” situated on either side of the ground was free. Young fans had the time of their life both enjoying the mastery of Murali and playing their own tennis ball Tests during the breaks.

The Lankan post-match press conference was a riot. Mahela was asked to translate the answers by Mendis speaking in Sinhalese. It was nice to see Mahela ensuring the newcomer felt at home. Murali’s casual jibe at the inability of South Africa, New Zealand and England to play spin was another light moment. The trio thoroughly enjoyed their interaction with the media and full marks to the SLCA that made it a point that the performers of the day met with the press, even if it was to be more than one player.

Ajantha Mendis is a busy man these days. The spinner who was recently promoted as a second lieutenant by the army hardly finds time between matches, cutting ribbons and endorsing brands. Life has changed so much for him after the Asia Cup final that he has to do away with his old mobile number. A big fan of Hindi film music, he says it has been difficult to keep the girls away. “The response from girls has been impressive. I don’t have a clue how they get my number but a boy of my age should not complain when so many girls smile at you.”

Muttiah Muralitharan is known for his charity work. The Senegama relief camp near Galle has been a passion for him since the tsunami. He also makes it a point to visit the camp whenever he finds time between matches.

Source: http://www.deccan.com/Sports/Sports.asp

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