Mysterious Sri Lankan Spin bowler Ajantha Mendis Announced Retirement from International Cricket
International Cricket Council says, Sri Lanka’s magical and mysterious spin bowler Ajantha Mendis who burst onto the scene as the fantastic and mystifying spinner of world cricket a decade ago, announced his retirement from all game formats at the age of 34. Mendis has a tremendous international cricket journey, as he deceived many great batsmen with his magical spin bowling.
-Mystifying Mendis Debut-
Mendis debut against West Indies in One-Day International ODI in April 2008, but what took him at the peak was his remarkable six wickets for 13-run against India in the Asian Cup final three months later that caught the spotlight around the world.
His trademark “carambola balls”, a masked ball produced by moving the ball between his thumb and middle finger, left the batsmen confused.
Sri Lankan Spin bowler Mendis claimed 26 wickets in his first series of Test against India, a record for a three-match series debut, and also became the fastest player in 50 ODI wickets, with only 19 games.
Mendis claimed seven wickets in six matches to his name at the 2011 World Cup but soon lost his place in the Sri Lanka team when the batsmen began to read his variations.
The last time he played international cricket was in 2015 at an ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch. He finished with 70 wickets in 19 Test Matches, 152 in 87 ODI and 66 in 39 Twenty20 internationals.