Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday (August 28). Mendis made his international debut in 2008 and last played for Sri Lanka in December 2015. He picked up a total of 288 wickets in a career spanning 87 ODIs, 39 T20Is and 19 Tests.
He shot to fame during the 2008 Asia Cup as he registered a six-wicket haul against a strong Indian batting lineup. Mendis bamboozled the Indian batsmen with his mysterious carom balls completely and that continued to be his most lethal weapon for a long time ahead.
Mendis had a terrific debut year in international cricket. He picked up 48 wickets in just 18 ODIs and also registered a total of 26 wickets in three Tests against India. His exploits didn’t stop there as he became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 50 ODI wickets and this record is yet to be broken.
The mystery spinner was also a force to reckon with in the shortest format. He produced two of his best spells when he registered figures of 6/16 against Australia at Pallekele and 6/8 against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Although his mystery faded away in the subsequent years, as batsmen started figuring him out, he will still go down in history as one of the best Sri Lankan spinners.