One thing that I missed from that astonishing last game between the West Indies and Sri Lanka was the emergence of a new Lankan spinner. Ajantha Mendis. Here's one description:
Even Ramnaresh Sarwan appeared clueless at times to what Mendis was
delivering, and at one stage, after being deceived by the flight and
the turn of a delivery, the West Indies vice-captain looked quizzically
at the young spinner with an expression that seemed to suggest "what
freak of nature have Sri Lanka unearthed now".
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who won Man-of-the-Match, had to agree that it was difficult to pick Mendis.
be honest, when we saw his stats - after 19 first-class matches, he had
111 wickets at an average of 14.54 - we knew he had to be bowling
something good," Bravo said.
Q asks if he is good enough to be Murali's long term replacement. Suneer has a long write up on him. Here's a youtube clip from the last game. And finally, UncleJ's account of leg spinners. Some of Mendis' deliveries fit in there somewhere...