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ICC World Twenty20: In Bangladesh, Ajantha Mendis mystery will be twist in the tale. Here’s why

Ajantha Mendis is very effective when it comes to the shortest format of the game (AP) Ajantha Mendis is very effective when it comes to the shortest format of the game (AP)
Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi | Posted: March 12, 2014 2:16 pm | Updated: March 12, 2014 3:59 pm

It seems Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis will be the player to watch out for in the upcoming edition of the ICC World T20 to be held in Bangladesh. When analysed over three parameters – economy rate, strike rate and wickets – Mendis is well ahead of the likes of Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga and Dale Steyn. (PHOTOS: Bowlers to watch out for in ICC World T20)

1) Economy rate

There is a lot of rush around the 6 runs per over mark here. While Sunil Narine is the most economical bowler of the lot, Lasith Malinga’s 7.37 runs per over is the most expensive.

2) Strike rate

Now what do we mean by strike rate? 

Strike rate means the average number of balls bowled per wicket taken. Lower the strike rate, the better it is.

Here, Ajantha Mendis beats the lot by some distance. A brilliant strike rate of 13.2 gives him edge over Sunil Narine, who was the most economical bowler. Don’t even look at Ravindra Jadeja’s numbers here. His 37.2 is more than double of his competitors.

3) Wickets per match

The business end. Number of wickets taken every match. While T20 is a game of only 20 overs a side, wickets still hold the key. It was 1-1 for Mendis and Narine, but Mendis towers over him and the rest in the final parameter. His 1.72 wickets per match is well ahead of Dale Steyn’s 1.39 – the second best in the list.

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