Ajantha Mendis, one of the best-known cricket puzzlers, has withdrawn from all forms of cricket.
The Right Wing, who made his debut in 2008, had a brilliant start to his international career and confused batsmen with his disguised variations. He took 26 wickets in his first series of tests against India, a record for a debut in three games, and remains the fastest bowler of 50 ODI gates, requiring just 19 games to reach the landmark.
🚨 JUST IN 🚨— ICC (@ICC) August 28, 2019
Ajantha Mendis has retired from all forms of cricket!
The Sri Lankan spinner took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats. pic.twitter.com/ZwABGqvRWf
His effectiveness worsened as players became more familiar with his methods, though he was involved in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup title in 2014 and en route to the 2011 Men’s Cricket World Cup finals. Remarkably, in the men’s T20I cricket, he scored the best and second-best numbers and, in just over a year, has scored two six-for-a-side races. Only another man has taken six wickets in one inning in format.
His final international appearance took place on Boxing Day in 2015 and he finished the race with over 150 ODI gates and over 50 wickets in tests and T20Is.