India’s only chinaman bowler has an admirer in Sri Lanka
India’s only chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has an admirer in Sri Lanka.
Lakshan Sandakan is Sri Lanka’s first and Asia’s another chinaman bowler, whose Test debut in July last year against Australia (Pallekele) was equally sensational (four wickets in the first innings and three in the second, highest by any chinaman bowler on debut).
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Sri Lanka, the 25-year-old Sandakan says, “I saw him (Kuldeep Yadav) first in the IPL. I was happy as an Asian Bowler when I saw him. I saw him bowling very well. He has good control. More important thing is, he has the variations a wrist spinner needs”.
Saddakan could not watch Kuldeep’s Test debut against Australia as his team is busy playing home series against Bangladesh.
“I couldn’t watch the entire match. Initially, I didn’t even know that he has been included in the final eleven. However, I watched his bowling highlights afterwards”.
“There can be many young Chinaman type bowlers in the world, but when they grow up, some try to make them to orthodox type bowlers. Also there should be a very good guidance to bring forward Chinaman and a leg spin type bowler”, Sandakan added.
“Chinaman type bowler should give much effort to bowl, because it is an unorthodox action. Besides, it is difficult to direct the bowl to the correct spot, as we use wrist than the finger spinners. But, if they practice well, bowlers of this type can do many things”.
Sadnakan’s ODI and the T-20 debuts were also sensational.
Mathew Wade was his maiden ODI victim in his very first over and he striked with his very first ball in T20Is by claiming the wicket of South Africa’s Mangaliso Mosehle.
“I am extremely happy. I wanted to become the first Chinaman of Sri Lanka. I’m overjoyed that I could do it. There are a very few Chinaman bowlers in the world. I’m happy to become one of them”.
Both Lakshan Sandakan and Kuldeep may get a chance to bowl each other when Team India tours Sri Lanka in July, August this year.
“I would be delighted to meet him. So, I would tell him that it’s a pleasure to meet him, and I would also wish him good luck”, he signed off.