Ajantha Mendis: Sri Lankan Cricketer retires from all forms of the game

Ajantha Mendis: Sri Lankan Cricketer retires from all forms


Sri Lankan  'mystery spinner' Ajantha Mendis ( Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis) on Wednesday, August 28, announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

The 34-year old, who made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2008 against West Indies in ODI and last played in international cricket in 2015 against New Zealand in ODI.

He is a right handed batsman and right arm off-spin, leg-spin bowler.

Mendis took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats.

Famous for his 'carrom ball' Mendis snapped 70 wickets in 19 Tests, 152 in 87 ODIs and 66 in 39 T20Is but he couldn't prolong his career due to injuries and loss of form.

He becomes the fastest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets in just 19 matches.

His first Test Match was against India at Colombo on July 2008 in which he returned match figures of 8–132, thereby becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to get an eight-wicket haul on Test debut.

Mendis won the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award in 2008.

He is the only bowler to take a six-wicket haul in T20Is twice. 6/16 against Australia in Pallekele in 2011 and 6/8 in 4 overs against Zimbabwe in Hambantota in 2012, which is still the best bowling figures in the format.

Mendis is remembered for his performance in Asia Cup when he took 6/13 as Sri Lanka notched up a 100-run win against India in the final in 2008. 

Mendis Test debut against India the same year and picked up 26 wickets in a three-Test series at home which Sri Lanka won
 2-1.

In 2012 Ajantha Mendis received the Sri Lankan order of Bantu, the highest civilian honour in Sri Lanka.

Following basic training in the SriLanka Army, he played for the army team and saw active military service as a Gunner in the Sri Lanka Artillery.

He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in SriLanka Army.

Angelo Mathews tweets, "Congratulations menda on a short but great career. Unfortunately, injuries kept u away but God is kind and will open plenty of avenues to you. Stay blessed brotha."

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