Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis has announced his retirement from all formats of the game after not having played for his country in almost 4 years.
Ajantha Mendis has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 34 (Getty Images)
- Ajantha Mendis has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 34
- Mendis played 145 internationals for Sri Lanka
- However, Mendis hasn’t played for his country since 2015
Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis who took the world by a storm with his ‘carrom ball’ has bid goodbye to all forms of cricket at the ripe age of 34. Mendis last played for Sri Lanka on December 26, 2015, against New Zealand in Christchurch.
Mendis announced his arrival on the world stage with a spell of 6/13 against India in the Asia Cup 2008 final, bamboozling the opposition star batsmen with his mystery balls. Later the same year and against the same opposition, Mendis broke the record of the most wickets taken in a 3-Test debut series by picking a mind-boggling 26 wickets.
Mendis later went on to become the fastest ever to 50 ODI wickets and till date remains the only bowler to take 6-wicket-hauls in T20s twice. Another unique record that Mendis still holds is being the only bowler in the sport’s history to have picked 6-wicket-hauls in all the 3 formats of the game.
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 pic.twitter.com/ikbrmRjPg9
Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) August 28, 2019
Ajantha Mendis the inventor of the carrom ball, has called it a day from all cricket. He was a unique cricketer and likeable personality. Have a happy retired life!
Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) August 28, 2019
Ajantha Mendis has retired from all forms of cricket!
The Sri Lankan spinner took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats. pic.twitter.com/ZwABGqvRWf
ICC (@ICC) August 28, 2019
Even though Mendis was Sri Lanka’s leading spinner during their 2009 and 2012 T20 World Cup campaigns, his career took a dip soon afterward as batsmen started reading him much better and injuries played their part too. His career hit possibly its lowest point when he was carted for 49 runs in 5 overs by New Zealand opening pair Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill in what turned out to be his last international outing.
In all, Mendis played 19 Tests taking 70 wickets at an average of 34.77. In 87 ODIs Mendis picked 152 scalps while also getting 66 wickets in 39 T20Is. Mendis continued to be a regular part of Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit but his bowling reserves have been on such a decline that he has been playing primarily as a batsman in recent matches.
Having seen various highs and lows in his short career, Mendis should still take pride in the fact that he gave a number of top batsmen a few sleepless nights at the peak of his career.