Originally Posted by Prince EWS
Jeevan Mendis is considered a batsman who bowls in Sri Lanka - or at best a "batting allrounder" - which I've always found interesting because after watching a fair bit of him (batting and bowling) I'm quite convinced he'd be coached and selected as a specialist bowler in Australia. He'd give our Test squad a shake even if he batted like Chris Martin, but he just sends down a few in comparison to the rest of the spin stocks in Sri Lanka, even domestically.
Says as much about domestic cricket in Sri Lanka, as it does about Jeevan Mendis.
Due to lack of depth in batting his main role is as a top order batsmen and with the crazy depth in spin bowling, he is seen as part time spinners.
Though the thing that makes Mendis look like a good spin bowler, is that he gives it a rip. Whereas spinners in Australia and NZ aren't encouraged to give it rip due to poor spin bowling conditions in those countries.