Sri Lankan spinner, Ajantha Mendis bid adieu to all forms of cricket on Wednesday.

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

Ajantha Mendis was famous for his carom ball. He collected 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 forms.

Former Sri Lankan skipper Agelop Mathews took to social media to congratulate Mendis for his international career. He tweeted, “Congratulations Mendis 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.”

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

The 34-year old has burst on to the screen at the Asia Cup when he took six for 13 as Sri Lanka notched up a 100-run win against India in final in 2008.

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


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