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Ajantha Mendis retires from international cricket
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Ajantha Mendis retires from international cricket

The mystery spinner from Sri Lanka who rolled over the strong Indian batting line-up at Karachi in the final of the Asia Cup 2008 has retired from all forms of cricket.

Ajantha Mendis emerged onto the scene with an unusual action for a spinner and he was hardly getting picked by the international batters.

Mendis single-handedly won the title of Asia Cup for Sri Lanka against India when he took 6-13 in the final. Ajantha played in 19 Tests, 87 ODIs and 39 T20Is for Sri Lanka and he was last seen donning the blue jersey way back in December 2015.

 Ajantha Mendis celebrates his wicket against India in the final of the Asia Cup 2008.

Ajantha Mendis celebrates his wicket against India in the final of the Asia Cup 2008.

Mendis also holds the record for the best bowling figures in T20Is. He took 6 wickets for 8 runs against Zimbabwe in 2012 at Hambantota.

Ajantha also became the fastest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets. After his heroics in the Asia Cup final, he further dented India at home when he took 28 wickets in a series of 3 Test matches.