10 Rookie bowlers who thumped India

10 Rookie bowlers who thumped India

India’s annihilation at the hands of the Lanky pace bowling trio of Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka, and Dushmantha Chameera was very bitter. Kasun Rajitha, in particular, was very impressive and blew the top order on a green deck at Pune. But, it’s not the first time that bowlers with little international experience have toppled the mighty Indians. Here we try to list out some other memorable performance of rookie bowlers against India.

1. Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka) – 6/13: 

Ajantha Mendis
Sri Lankan bowler Ajantha Mendis. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Indians started out as the favorites to win the 2008 Asia Cup when they met Sri Lanka in the finals at the National Stadium, Karachi. Sanath Jayasuriya thrashed the Indian bowlers and hit a masterful 125 off 114 balls. Sri Lanka eventually set a target of 274 runs for India to chase. The Indians began the chase well with Sehwag scoring quick runs at the start. However, the twist in the match came after Jayawardene brought their “mystery spinner” Ajantha Mendis into the attack. Mendis bamboozled the Indian batsmen as they crumbled from 76 for 1 to 173 all out. The tormentor in chief, Mendis ended with figures of 6 for 13 in 8 overs and was adjudged the man of the match.