Kusal Mendis seems to be the next big thing in Sri Lankan cricket. The 21-year-old hit his maiden Test ton against Australia on Thursday. Most importantly, he brought back Sri Lanka in a game, which they had almost lost grip on the first day of the match. In doing so, Mendis scored his best first class score as well.
The third day of the first Test match ended with Sri Lanka in a great position at 282 for 6, leading by 196 runs. Mendis ended his day at 169*. The fourth day might see the young batsman score his first double ton. Until that happens, he has some time left to relish in all the compliments flowing for him from the Sri Lankan legends.
Former Sri Lankan all-rounder Russel Arnold called Mendis’ knock a classy one.
What a Brilliant hundred for Kusal Mendis !!! A classy knock… #SLvAUS was a treat to watch!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 28, 2016
This is one tweet Kusal Mendis will savour all his career!
Well played @KusalMendis1. Great fight back from the young man. Come on SL.
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) July 28, 2016
From a former number 3 to the present one.
What a knock by the youngster @KusalMendis1 character and ability. Sri Lanka poised to win this now. What an innings. Outstanding
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) July 28, 2016
Even the current Sri Lanka Test captain could not hold himself back from praising the youngster.
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) July 28, 2016
Harsha Bhogle has an interesting comparison to make.
Kusal Mendis seems to be playing the innings of his life! Remember the Chandimal innings against India!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 28, 2016