Sri Lankan Spinner Ajantha Mendis bids adieu to all form of Cricket which brings curtains down on his cricketing career. He was the first player to receive the tag of ” Mystery Spinner” as players found very difficult to read him during his initial years in International cricket.
He has played 19 Tests, 87 ODIs and 39 T20Is for Sri Lanka during which he went on to pick 288 Wickets in no less time. His last appearance for Sri Lanka came way back in 2015 and due to his lack of form and players reading him well he didn’t get more chances in the playing eleven to showcase his talent at the highest level.
Ajantha Mendis debut came in Asia Cup in 2008 and just after few days of his One Day International Debut he picked up a six-wicket haul against mighty Indian batting line who were not able to read his carrom balls at that time. He carried on with his abilities which were new to world cricket and he went on to pick 48 wickets in just 18 games which were even more than Mutthaih Muralitharan. His Test debut was also against Indians and he was successful once again against them as he priced out 26 scalps in three games played that year.
After Indians, it was the time of Australia and Zimbabwe to face his carom balls and he picked up two six-fers against both of them with figures reading 6 for 16 and 6 for 8 respectively. Also, he achieved a milestone of being the fastest player to reach 50 One Day international Wickets.
But as time gone by the numbers fell considerably for Ajantha Mendis as many players started picking up his carrom balls and he was not able to deliver the results as required by him in matches. This led to the decline in his career graph and with that retirement announcement was just a casualty.