The joy of the fans when Irfan Pathan visited the Indian team was like a roar after the left-arm spinner Tunith Vellalake took 5 wickets and scored 42 runs with the bat in the match against India yesterday in Sri Lanka. Dunith Vellalake is only 20 years old.
Dunith Vellalake is no stranger to one-day internationals. Yesterday was his 13th ODI match. In 13 matches, he took 18 wickets and made a mockery of the Indian team, which is buying spinners white. In the first 3 overs Shubman was bowled to turn the ball lightly on a brilliant length to Gill. Virat caught Kohli at short midwicket in the next over. In the very next over, he bowled the legless Rohit Sharma on a ‘skid’ delivery. Aw! who is this! He surprised everyone. Then Rahul broke the backbone of Indian batting as Hardik Pandya.
Above all, Vellalake is also an excellent fielder. While watching his activities on the field, it gave the impression that he will soon become the ‘darling’ of all the fans. Vellage’s spin delivery was a small alibi for the fact that if the Indian team pitches spin in their favor during the World Cup, the Indian team will get caught in that rat trap.
Vellaleke threw the Indian team to destroy their confidence after achieving a 228-run victory over Pakistan. It seemed that almost anyone batting with him would have won. There are no issues with his bowling. Smooth run up, straightforward action. And he kept changing the angle and speed of his ball to question the spin experience of the Indian team. At one point some balls were of ‘unplayable’ quality.
After a long time ie Jayasuriya, Ranatunga, Aravinda D’Silva, Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan fans could have called an individual player on the field to cheer him up. Fans fondly called him Vella… Vella. It must be said that Vellalake bowled better than Kuldeep Yadav yesterday. He was the Under-19 captain of the Sri Lankan team. His all-round talent has now marked him as the future Sri Lankan captain.
In batting, he played better than Kuldeep, Jadeja and Axar Patel. He threatened to reach the Indian team’s target by scoring 42 runs. The young legend’s 42 runs on the scorecard is next to Rohit Sharma’s 53 runs in yesterday’s match. Dhananjaya de Silva scored 41 runs and Rohit Sharma’s face was tense as the duo played. Together they added 49 runs off 47 balls.
Vellalake is the player of the team. But the new problem for the Sri Lankan team is who to remove from the team if Vanindu Hazaranga comes. But happy trouble. Sri Lanka should give Velalake a series of opportunities to develop into an all-rounder. He is not just an all-rounder; Apart from that, we will also mention the captaincy player here.