Cricket

Sri Lanka spinner retires from all forms

2019-08-29 12:49
Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis (Supplied)

Cape Town - Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis has confirmed the decision to call time on his career in all forms of the game.

Mendis appeared in 19 Tests, 87 ODIs and 39 T20Is, claiming 70, 152 and 66 wickets respectively.

The 34-year-old rose to prominence for re-introducing the 'carrom ball' in to international cricket in 2008.

Mendis currently holds the record for becoming the fastest bowler to take 50 wickets, reaching the milestone in just 19 ODIs.

Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan once referred to him as 'the future of Sri Lankan cricket', after he took 26 wickets in a three-match home series against India in 2008, including two five-wicket hauls.

Mendis retired from Test and T20 in 2014 due to a back injury and was never the same player after that, playing his last international game against New Zealand in December 2015: an ODI against New Zealand.

- TeamTalk Media

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