He’s still far from the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan or Ajantha Mendis, but Sri Lanka’s U-19 spinner Kamindu Mendis is still making headlines early in his career for being able to bowl with both arms.

Kamindu displayed all his ambidexterity against Pakistan in the undergoing U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh — bowling left-arm orthodox spin and right-arm off-spin in the 27th over. 

The idea is simple — the 17-year-old can turn the ball away from both left and right handed batsmen.

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He can also reverse sweep with aplomb, taking on Ahmed Shafiq in the 18th over as Sri Lanka tried to chase down 212 in a Group B match, scoring three runs off the shot. He ended the match as Sri Lanka’s top-scorer (68 off 104 balls).

Kamindu, who is naturally a left-armer and started practising with both arms when he was 13-years-old, finished with 21 for zero in four overs in the game. But one hopes this is just the beginning for a player who’s been noticed by Sri Lanka’s selectors since last year.

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