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Ajantha Mendis retires from international cricket

Ajantha Mendis is the only bowler to claim a six-fer in T20Is twice.

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Ajantha Mendis retires from international cricket
Ajantha Mendis retires from international cricket. Photo: SLC

Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis, on Wednesday, has announced his retirement from all formats of the game.

The 34-year appeared in his last played international cricket in 2015 which was a limited over match against New Zealand in Christchurch.

Mendis played 19 Tests, 87 One-Day Internationals and 39 T20Is for Sri Lanka, taking 70 Test wickets, 152 ODI wickets and 66 T20I wickets.

Mendis’ success across different formats provided him a World Cup spot in 2011, where he picked seven wickets playing in five innings.

Mendis is the only bowler to claim a six-fer in T20Is twice. He even reached 50 ODI wickets faster than anyone else in history, achieving the landmark in 19 matches.

He received a Test call-up against India in 2008 and picked up 26 wickets in a three-Test series at home which Sri Lanka won 2-1.

Mendis was then dropped ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Since then, a back injury kept him out of the national team.

His last competitive tournament in the scenario was the Premier League Tournament Tier B where he captained Sri Lanka’s domestic club Police SC.

Mendis became the highest wicket taker in World T20 2009 when he picked up 12 wickets.

Three years later in World T20 in 2012, he was the highest wicket taker at home with 15 scalps as Sri Lanka ended runner-up. But in World T20 2014, Mendis managed only four wickets.

Mendis played for Indian Premier League in 2008 for Kolkata Knight Riders when he scalped 8 wickets playing 10 matches.

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