FULL NAME = Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene

BORN = May 27, 1977, Colombo

AGE = 46y 265d

BATTING STYLE = Right hand Bat

BOWLING STYLE = Right arm Medium

PLAYING ROLE = Batter

OTHER = Coach

Mahela Jayawardene is a calm yet powerful skipper who possesses a great desire for runs. He is also a prolific, graceful, and supremely classy batsman. Even when he was first coming into the international arena, Jayawardene’s undeniable talent as a batsman never wavered, but the largest obstacle has been to live up to the early hype. With more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs, along with a World Cup final appearance while serving as captain, it is reasonable to say that he more than met the challenge.

Among his batting highlights were two explosive double-centuries in back-to-back Test matches in 2003 that brought him a series total of 706 runs, and another double in his final series against India in 2012. He averaged 54 from 29 Tests against them. He began his Test career against the archrival England at Headingley in 1997, scoring a century in his opening match that not only helped Australia overcome a 50 for 4 deficit but also set up a historic victory that would become synonymous with them in the ensuing decade. Ponting led the way in the 2002–03 Ashes thrashing, scoring hundreds in the first two Test matches; his 156 to force a tie at Old Trafford in 2005 was a masterpiece.

Over the course of his career, Jayawardene developed into a shrewd skipper who understood the game and wasn’t hesitant to take chances. Under his leadership, Sri Lanka abandoned their cautious strategy, winning Test matches in England and New Zealand and, in the biggest accomplishment of skipper Jayawardene’s career, making it to the 2007 World Cup final. After leaving as captain in February 2009, he accepted a second term in which he succeeded Tillakaratne Dilshan following the 2011–12 tour to South Africa. However, he resigned once more in February of the same year, giving Angelo Mathews the captaincy.

With age, Jayawardene’s limited overs batting has gotten more proficient, and his repertoire of strokes has expanded, making him an almost equally brilliant inventor at the crease as a technician. An undefeated

 

Mahela Jayawardene Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests149252151181437449.842295951.4534501387612050
ODIs448418391265014433.371602078.9619771119762180
T20Is55558149310031.761121133.181917333170
FC237383241783837449.6851803050
List A5465095115421163*33.6721952650
T20s22221427547911629.294150132.02336634136750

Bowling

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests1492258931062/322/3251.663.1598.1000
ODIs4482859356382/562/5670.375.6974.1000
T20Is5516808.00000
FC23730011629525/7231.323.2557.710
List A54612801146243/253/2547.755.3753.3000
T20s2225759732/222/2232.337.7625.0000

Debut/Last Matches of Mahela Jayawardene

TEST MATCHES

Debut
Sri Lanka vs India at Colombo (RPS) – August 02 – 06, 1997
Last
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) – August 14 – 18, 2014

ODI MATCHES

Debut
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS) – January 24, 1998
Last
Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Sydney – March 18, 2015

T20I MATCHES

Debut
England vs Sri Lanka at Southampton – June 15, 2006
Last
India vs Sri Lanka at Mirpur – April 06, 2014

FC MATCHES

Debut
1995/96
Last
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) – August 14 – 18, 2014

LIST A MATCHES

Debut
1995/96
Last
WORCS vs Somerset at Taunton – August 17, 2016

T20 MATCHES

Debut
Sinhalese vs Burgher at Colombo (NCC) – August 17, 2004
Last
M.C.C. vs Nepal at Lord’s – July 29, 2018
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