Mendis is best remembered for his 6/13 in the Asia Cup Final in 2008. He then made his Test debut against India, devastating India by taking 28 wickets over three matches.
Mendis would go on to reach 50 ODI wickets faster than anyone else in history. He remains the only bowler to take a six-wicket haul in T20Is twice.He was Sri Lanka’s leading spinner in the 2009 and 2012 T20 World Cups.
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.