Lanka series helped Indians to cope better against Mendis: Sharma

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Mumbai, Sep 5 (UNI) While the mystery sorrounding Ajantha Mendis' bowling fails to subside, middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma believes that the recent tour of Sri Lanka, where the Indians played the spinner quite frequently, has helped them to read the guiles of the tweaker better now.

''I don't see that Indian batting line up will face any difficulty from the Mendis in future,'' Sharma said.

''You might have seen what happened in the One-day series in Sri Lanka. He did not get as many wickets as in the Tests. That was because our players had played him more often by then. I don't see any difficulty in playing Mendis in the future,'' Sharma told mediapersons before leaving for Chennai to represent Mumbai in the Buchi Babu tournament.

The Lankan sensation has already mesmerised the strong Indian batting line-up in the Test series by grabbing 26 wickets with his bewitching mixture that included what's known as the carrom ball, the one flicked with his middle finger.

The bowler didn't even give the 21-year-old Sharma a chance to stay on field for a while though he was part of the squad.

With ace spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, world's highest Test wicket-taker, Mendis has formed a deadly combination, which came as a blow for the Indians who lost the series 1-2 against Sri Lanka.

But the spin duo could not continue its great work in the ODI series where India read them well to win the series 3-2.


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