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Ajantha Mendis announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Mendis Bids Farewell

Ajantha Mendis announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Ajantha Mendis, dubbed as one of cricket's most famous mystery spinners, has decided to bid farewell to all forms of cricket.

Mendis made a dazzling start to his international career as he made his debut in 2008 and proceeded to bamboozle batsmen with a wide array of variations.

The inventor of the 'carrom ball', Mendis became the fastest bowler to 50 ODI wickets, taking just 19 games to reach the milestone.

He represented Sri Lanka in 19 Tests, 87 ODIs and 39 T20Is, seeing greater levels of success in the shorter formats as opposed to red-ball cricket.

Mendis took the world of cricket by storm during the 2008 Asia Cup, where he registered career-best figures of 6-13 against a strong Indian batting unit that was befuddled by his use of carom deliveries in the final of the tournament.

He also holds the record for most successful bowling figures in T20I cricket with six wickets for eight runs against Zimbabwe in the 2012 World T20.

The air of mystery surrounding Mendis' bowling soon began to fade away as players gradually began to become accustomed to his variations.

A sharp dip in form and injuries plagued the latter part of his career as his international appearances became sporadic.

He failed to make the cut for a spot in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2015 World Cup due to his lingering injury woes that kept him out of the team for the majority of the year.

His final ODI match came in December 2015 against New Zealand following which he remained an active figure in Sri Lanka's domestic circuit.

Despite not breaking into the national squad over the past four years, Mendis finishes his ODI career with 152 scalps across 84 innings at an impressive average of 21.86.

His record of two six-wicket hauls in T20Is is yet to be matched by any bowler.