ODI record-breaker Ajantha Mendis retires from cricket

By Sports Desk August 28, 2019

Ajantha Mendis, the quickest player to take 50 ODI wickets, has retired from all forms of cricket according to the ICC.

Sri Lanka spinner Mendis holds the record for reaching a half-century of ODI wickets, having taken just 19 games to do so.

Mendis has been credited with the reintroduction of the 'carrom ball' and took 70 wickets in 19 Tests, 152 across 87 ODIs and 66 in 39 Twenty20 internationals.

The 34-year old, who struggled with a back injury during 2014, last played international cricket in 2015, having made his ODI debut against West Indies in April 2008.

Angelo Mathews was one of the first players to pay tribute to his former team-mate.

"Congratulations Menda on a short but great career. Unfortunately injuries kept you away but God is kind and will open plenty of avenues to you. Stay blessed brother," Mathews wrote on Twitter.

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