Dilanka Manakkara, Daily News, 8 Oct. 2010
The Carey College schoolboy who won a scholarship to S. Thomas. College and then entered the ranks of the budding U 19 cricketers, Jeewan Mendis, has had a chequered career. Seen as future Sri Lankan player, just like Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal recently, his stock was particularly high because he met the demanding technical standards espoused by Owen Mottau when the latter was one of Sri Lanka’s coaches. He was a fringe player in at least one touring XVI (to Pakistan if my memory serves me right). Despite his locationat the SSC his domestic achievements as a batsman did not live up to expectations and he fell behind in the calculations of the selectors. He persevered however and after moving to the Tamil Union added leg-spin bowling to his armoury. This enhancement of his armoury has coincided with the crystallisation of his batting skills in consistent scores at both domestic and A Team levels. He is now in the Selectors’ sights. Michael Roberts
Manakkara’s Introductory Note: The squad for the all important Australian tour was announced and to the delight of the country’s cricket lovers the consistent all rounder Jeevan Mendis was included in the 16 man squad. Jeevan who has been performing brilliantly for the ‘A’ team with his innovative stroke play, teasing leg breaks and athletic fielding, has developed in to an useful all rounder who could bat at any position. Jeevan was rewarded for his superb feats as he had the rare distinction of winning the ‘Player of the tournament’ award in the Premier League as well as the Limited Overs tournament at the prestigious CEAT Cricket awards.
Q – You won the ‘Player of the tournament’ award in the Premier League as well as the Limited overs tournament. Can you elaborate on your performances?
A – I performed pretty well with both bat and ball in both tournaments. In the Premier League, I scored 543 runs in 11 matches with a best of 153. I also took 31 wickets.
I was at my best in the Limited Overs tournament where I was the fourth highest run getter with 345 runs and I also took 23 wickets to become the second highest wicket taker of the tournament. I am very satisfied with my performances.