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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, Kochi, Wayamba United, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Uthura Yellows
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
15
Bowling:
0
Batting:
31
Bowling:
0
Batting:
12
Bowling:
0
Home country:
Sri Lanka
Born:
May 27, 1977, Colombo

Profile

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 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.


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'.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 143 240 11319 15 50.30 51.53 33 46 374
ODI 412 385 11512 38 33.17 78.39 16 71 144
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 143 21 553 297 6 2/32 / 49.5 3.22 0 0 0 0
ODI 412 27 582 558 7 2/56 / 79.71 5.75 0 0 0 12
T20 55 1 6 8 0 0/8 / - 8 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 194 0 6
ODI 202 0 36
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

Career

Span:
Test:
1997-2014
 
ODI:
1998-2014
 
T20:
2006-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2013
 
CLT20:
2009-2012
Test
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs India at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Aug 02, 1997
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong - Feb 04, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Jan 24, 1998
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Mar 08, 2014
T20
Debut:
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
IPL
Debut:
Punjab Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Chogan Stadium), Jaipur - Apr 21, 2008
Last played:
Delhi Vs Pune at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune - May 19, 2013
CLT20
Debut:
Wayamba Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 11, 2009
Last played:
Delhi Vs Perth Scorchers at Newlands, Cape Town - Oct 21, 2012
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