Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis retires


Ajantha Mendis 
(Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Ajantha Mendis (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

The 34-year-old Mendis, who made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2008 and last played international cricket in 2015, took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats of Test, ODI and T20I cricket.

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.

Former Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews took to Twitter to congratulate Mendis for his international career.

“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,” his former teammate Angelo Mathews wrote in his handle.

Mendis, who last featured in an ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch, had become the fastest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets and is the only bowler to take a six-wicket haul in T20Is twice.

Mendis had burst on to the scene at the Asia Cup when he took six for 13 as Sri Lanka notched up a 100-run win against India in the final in 2008.

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