He has already shown glimpses of his abundant potential, but the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean looks set to provide the platform on which Mathews will establish himself as a world star. The 22-year old made his T20 debut for Sri Lanka in last year's event and has been a fixture in the side ever since. Three wickets in the semi-final and an unbeaten 35 in the final last June signalled the all-rounder's arrival. More recently he has been part of the Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL campaign, and represented the franchise in all of their 14 matches, impressive given the calibre of international stars he kept out of the side. Like most of the rest of us, Mathews tired of the IPL and his form waned, but his match-winning innings in game one, and the competition's best round-robin bowling performance of four for 19 in game two, suggests that a fresh start with his national team might bring out the best in him.
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