Mendis working on 'sixth' delivery

In Mumbai for a function, the Sri Lankan spin sensation says he is working on another mystery ball to bamboozle Indian batsmen.

updated: July 20, 2008 11:39 IST
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Having bamboozled batsmen in the recent Asia Cup, Sri Lanka's 'mystery' spinner Ajantha Mendis sought to put Indian batsmen on the backfoot ahead of the Test series by disclosing that he was working on a new delivery to add more variety to his armory.

"I am new to this game (Tests). I have five different deliveries and am working on the sixth," Mendis told reporters here.

Mendis said all he planned to do was to aim and bowl at the right spots.

Mendis said he was looking forward to bowling to the top Indian batting line-up alongside his idol Muttiah Muralitharan in the three Test series at home starting on July 23.

"Murali is my idol and I want to bowl alongside him. It will be a great opportunity for me. I want to bowl at the right places (against the top Indian line-up)," said the 23-year-old bowler, with Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman Arjuna Ranatunga acting as his interpreter.

Mendis, who had flattened the Indian team in the Asia Cup final with a staggering six-wicket haul for very few runs, said he had so far played 19 first class games and taken over one hundred wickets.

"It's an honour to bowl alongside Murali and to the top Indian batsmen like Rahul (Dravid), Sachin (Tendulkar), (Sourav) Ganguly and (VVS) Laxman," he said.