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Ajantha Mendis

Bowler

Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin

Bowler

Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin

AGE
34
HEIGHT
CM
BORN

Colombo

COUNTRY

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
LOCAL CLUB

Wayamba

Bio

In 2009, Ajantha Mendis was destined to become the next Muralidaran. 

His rise to prominence was so extreme that experts were touting him as the future of spin bowling. 

His incredible weaponry included a wide range of deliveries, including his carrom ball, which bamboozled batsmen for years.

His Test debut came against India in 2008, where Mendis’ mystery balls left the talented Indian middle-order dumbfounded. He finished the match with eight wickets, including the scalps of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman twice. 

He somehow topped that in the next match, when he claimed match figures of 10-209.  It was a history-making debut, with the new-age spinner taking a record-setting 26 series wickets.

Mendis took 70 wickets from 19 Tests with best figures of 6-99.

His ODI career was extremely impressive, taking 152 wickets from 87 ODIs at an average of just above 20 and best figures of 6-13. 

Mendis unaware he'd won the match

Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis hits a six to secure a thrilling one-wicket victory over West Indies, only it took him a few moments to realise the game was over


Sri Lankan mystery spinner retires, aged 34

Eleven years after he stunned the cricket world in his debut season, Ajantha Mendis has retired from all forms of the game


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Mendis baffled by match-winning six

Ajantha Mendis hits a six to secure Sri Lanka a narrow one-wicket win in the first ODI against West Indies


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