The promising all rounder Kamindu Mendis provided good leadership for Kandy to emerge champions at the recently concluded National Super League four day cricket tournament.
The 23 year old left hander scored over 800 runs to clinch the player of the tournament award .He was the most consistent batsman of the series making four centuries.
After the tournament Mendis said “ from the National Super League limited over tournament my side was able to maintain top performance .We were the limited over runner up but during the four day tournament we made a good comeback to win the inaugural title .This was the main reason to get success in both limited over and four day tournaments.
“We made a good team effort to emerge champions.Actually our team commitment is very high .Especially our coaching staff headed by coach Malinda Warnapura and all my players had good coordination and had high confidence during this tournament.That paved the way for our success said skipper Mendis .
I am very happy at this stage as we were the champions as well as I won the player of the tournament award due to my personal achievement.Before this tournament I had a target to win this title as well as to win the player of the tournament and finally we achieved both in great style” said Mendis.
I always think without the support of my players and coaching staff I couldn’t personally achieve to get the award . Kamindu Mendis further added “in the final Galle wicket was not helping the spinners on the first day .That was the main reason to decide to bat first after winning the toss.Our target was to score more than 400 runs and we achieved it and our top order really performed well to build up the innings which paved the way to get victory. “Actually every player had a dream to play test cricket and expected to get test cap .My ambition is also the same and all cricketers wanted to achieve this . I put in my best effort in this tournament while all team members and supporting staff were behind our success said Kamindu Mendis.
Meanwhile the best batsman of the tournament Oshada Fernando said we played really good cricket from the beginning and all players wanted to win the championship.I am very happy at this moment as I made a good contribution towards the teams success.
“We scored 444 runs at the final and I made my fourth century and the innings total was good enough to win the game .I was working hard during this tournament and ready to play this innings before the tournament which paved the way to get my success. Actually this tournament was very good to further strengthen our performance while most of the National players were involved and expect to give of my best in future said 30 year old right hander Oshada Fernando.