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Mahela Jayawardene

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Sri Lankan Board XI, North Central Province, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sinhalese Sports Club, Young Sri Lanka, Punjab, Delhi, Wayamba, Sri Lanka Under-19, Somerset, Sussex, Kochi, Adelaide Strikers, Wayamba United, Central Districts, Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, Uthura Yellows, Sachins Blasters, Dhaka Dynamites, Karachi Kings
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | Batsman
Home country:
Sri Lanka
May 27, 1977, Colombo


Mahela Jayawardene is regarded as one of the best players of his generation. In spite of his numerous achievements, he remains the most down-to-earth characters of the game and is an idol for Sri Lankan fans.

Jayawardene captained his school's Under-13 side, playing at the pivotal number three position. With his wonderful, flowing technique and his penchant for big runs, he quickly became one of the most promising players at school level. He made his debut for Sinhalese Sports Club in 1995 and after slamming four centuries in the 1997-98 season, was fast tracked into Sri Lanka's Test squad. He made an impressive debut against India, carving a neat 66-run knock in a game in which Sri Lanka piled a record-breaking 952-6. He made his ODI debut in 1998 and scored a fine 74 in only his second game. However his breakthrough innings was a fluent 167 against New Zealand on a Galle pitch so treacherous that Stephen Fleming labelled it as a 'dung heap'.

Thereafter, Mahela became a regular for Sri Lanka in Tests and ODIs and has been a consistent performer over the years. An artistic 107 against England at Lord's and a double hundred against a decent South African attack at Galle were just some of the highlights of his career during this period. In 2006, he was made captain for Sri Lanka's Bangladesh tour after regular skipper Marvan Atapattu was ruled out with a back injury. He then led a young Sri Lankan side to complete a 5-0 whitewash of England in an ODI series and draw level in the Test series. The fact that it was achieved in England; a country where few Asian countries had succeeded was a testimony to Jayawardene's leadership qualities. After a brief stint with captaincy that included a place in the 2007 World Cup final, he stepped down in 2009 with a view to concentrate on his batting. However, the responsibility returned to him in 2011-12 after he took over from Tillakaratne Dilshan. The skipper tried his best to help Sri Lanka win their maiden World Twenty20 title in 2012 but had to settle with the runners-up position. Following the debacle, Jayawardene relinquished his T20I captaincy, while continuing to captain in Tests and ODIs. He finally stepped down as a leader from all formats of the game in 2013, post the Australia series.

A sweet timer of the ball, Jayawardene is blessed with immaculate technique and loads of patience. Equally adept of both the front and back foot, he is a fine cutter of the ball and a very good close in fielder. A team man to the core, he is credited for developing many of Sri Lanka's youngsters into better cricketers. His versatility to adapt to all forms of the game led him to being bought by Delhi in the fifth edition of the Indian T20 League after having represented Mohali and the now-defunct Kochi in the previous editions.

The maestro called it curtains to his limited overs career after failing to take Sri Lanka past the quarter-final mark in the 2015 ICC World Cup. He had retired from Tests in 2014.

Fast Facts

  • Mahela Jayawardene became the first Sri Lankan captain to score a triple century in Tests. He did so against South Africa in 2006, putting up a record-breaking 624-run stand with Kumar Sangakkara.
  • In 2006, he was named by ICC as the 'Best International Captain of the Year'.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 149 252 11814 15 49.84 51.45 34 50 374
ODI 448 418 12650 39 33.37 78.96 19 77 144
T20 55 55 1493 8 31.76 133.18 1 9 100
IPL 80 78 1802 15 28.60 123.25 1 10 110*
CLT20 8 8 162 0 20.25 117.39 0 2 53
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 149 22 589 310 6 2/32 / 51.66 3.15 0 0 0 0
ODI 448 28 593 563 8 2/56 / 70.37 5.69 0 0 0 12
T20 55 1 6 8 0 0/8 / - 8.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 205 0 6
ODI 218 0 37
T20 17 0 3
IPL 32 0 8
CLT20 1 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 38 18 12 0 8 47.37
ODI 129 71 49 1 8 55.04
T20 19 12 6 1 0 63.16
IPL 30 10 19 1 0 33.33
CLT20 2 2 0 0 0 100


Sri Lanka Vs India at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Aug 02, 1997
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo - Aug 14, 2014
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Jan 24, 1998
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Mar 18, 2015
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 06, 2014
Punjab Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Apr 21, 2008
Last played:
Delhi Vs Pune at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune - May 19, 2013
Wayamba Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 11, 2009
Last played:
Delhi Vs Perth Scorchers at Newlands, Cape Town - Oct 21, 2012