As strategists, the Sri Lankans were outstanding and they excelled in executing their plans, Also, they recovered from a shocking start to run out comprehensive winners of the Asia Cup, leaving us in no doubt as to who were the superior side in the competition.
To have held back Ajantha Mendis for the final rather than expose him to the Indians in the preliminary league was a masterstroke even if such a move is par for the course when it comes to mystery spinners or very young fast bowlers.
Where India failed was in homework. Not enough may have been done in analysing the mystery spinner's bowling. I am certain the Indians would have had a video session to view the way Mendis bowls. But to play him in the middle is a different proposition altogether.
What the Indians could not gauge quickly enough was the pace at which the spinner bowls. He is almost slow medium, perhaps much like Anil Kumble. While the Lankans always prided themselves on playing Kumble like they would a slowRead More »from Shielding Mendis before final paid off