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Mahela Jayawardene
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Personal information
Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born 27 May 1977 (1977-05-27) (age 32)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995– Sinhalese Sports Club
2008 Derbyshire
2008-Present Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC List A
Matches 110 310 192 379
Runs scored 9,120 8,441 14,889 10,128
Batting average 53.96 32.21 52.61 32.15
100s/50s 27/35 11/51 44/63 11/63
Top score 374 128 374 128
Balls bowled 547 582 2,959 1,233
Wickets 6 7 52 23
Bowling average 48.66 79.71 30.98 47.21
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/32 2/56 5/72 3/25
Catches/stumpings 152/– 165/– 247/– 197/–
Source: CricketArchive, 12 December 2009

Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene (born 27 May 1977), is the former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman who has a Test average of over 50, and an ODI average in the 30s. Despite his relatively low ODI average, Jayawardene is considered to be one of the best batsmen produced by Sri Lanka and is generally held in high regard as a legend of the modern game along with team-mate Kumar Sangakkara. In 2006, he was named by the International Cricket Council as the best international captain of the year and he was nominated in 2007 as the best test cricket player of the year. He is also known for his fielding skills in the inner ring, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the most number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the fifth highest run-out/match ratio in ODI's.[1] Statistics also reveal that c Jayawardene b Muralitharan is the most common bowler-fielder combination in the history of test cricket.

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to Pakistan for a Test series in March - April 2009. The series was conducted after the Indian team withdrew from playing in Pakistan, following thee November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The first Test ended in a draw. Even though he scored a double century in the first Test, Jayawardene was to resign from captaincy after the second Test in the series. Sri Lanka was in a good position in the Test with Thilan Samaraweera hitting his second successive double hundred of the series and Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring a century. On their way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day's play, the bus that carried the Sri Lankan players was fired at by 12 masked gunmen. Jayawardene, along with six other Sri Lankan cricketers sustained injuries. Six policemen that guarded the bus and two civilians were killed in the attack.[2]

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Career

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Early and domestic career

Jayawardene was educated at one of the leading schools in Sri Lanka, Nalanda College Colombo. It was there that he learned to play cricket. He developed his talents through the school cricket team, eventually becoming captain. He was runner-up for the best schoolboy cricketer award during the 1994 cricketing season.

Domestically he has played for Sinhalese Sports Club since 1995. He was signed to play as an overseas player for Derbyshire for the first half of the 2008 English cricket season. However, his commitments to Sri Lanka and involvement in the Indian Premier League prevented him from playing any part in the 2008 county season.[3]

International career

Mahela Jayawardene is the 69th Sri Lanka Test Cap [Sri Lanka Vs India at Colombo 1997]. Jayawardene made his Test debut in the record breaking Test in 1997 against India at R.P.S., Colombo. Jayawardene added 66 to Sri Lanka's first innings score of 952/6, the highest Test score ever. He was at the crease when the previous highest Test score was surpassed. Early in his career he scored 167 against New Zealand and 242 against India.

Jayawardene's One Day International debut was against Zimbabwe at Premadasa in January 1998. Sri Lanka won the match, with Jayawardene hitting the winning run. In the next game Jayawardene scored 74. It took only 11 matches before he scored his first century, which was against England in the Carlton and United World Series game at Adelaide. Jayawardene entered a pressure situation, with Sri Lanka struggling at 134/4 in the run chase, but made an innings of 120 runs to win the match. The match is notable for Ross Emerson's no-balling of Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing, which led the Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to lead his team to the edge of the field and consider walking out of the match, as well as physical shoulder-barging by some players.

Jayawardene was captain during the England tour in 2006 in the absence of Marvan Atapattu. He led his team to 1-1 draw in the Test series and an emphatic whitewash (5-0) in the ODI series.

Jayawardene batting in a Test match for Sri Lanka in 2008

In the first Test of the 2006 Test series against South Africa, Jayawardene shared a world record stand of 624 with Kumar Sangakkara. This partnership, the highest for any wicket in first-class cricket history, and the first instance of a stand of 600 or more in a first-class or Test match innings, smashed the previous third wicket stance for Sri Lanka, surpassing 262 which involved himself along with Thilan Samaraweera. It also broke the previous record for the third wicket for all Test playing nations surpassing the 467 run partnership made by the New Zealand's Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones.

Jayawardene became the first Sri-Lankan captain to score a Test triple-century, making 374 off 572 deliveries with 43 fours and 1 six, the fourth highest individual score in Test match cricket and the best by a right-hander. He is also the first batsman to pass 350 in a Test without going on to break the world record. He also surpassed the highest score by a Sri Lankan in a Test match, previously Sanath Jayasuriya's 340 in 1997 against India.

He was also chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Jayawardene hit one century and four half-centuries and was the second highest run-scorer in the list topped by Australia's Matthew Hayden. His century, which came against New Zealand helped Sri Lanka win the Semi-Final. Sri Lanka finished runners-up in the World Cup losing to Australia in the Final.

He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations. He achieved this feat on the 21 st of February 2009 by scoring his maiden Test century against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan.

Mahela is the Recipient of International Cricket Council's "Captain of the Year 2006" inaugural award, Captain of the "World One-Day International Team of the Year 2006", Captain of the "Spirit of Cricket Award 2007" Team, Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2007, Record holder for the highest score (374 runs) by a Sri Lankan in test cricket. He retired from the captaincy due to lack of form and politics in the board.

Personal life

Mahela was born to Sunila and Senerath Jayawardene at Colombo in 1977. He had one younger brother, Dhishal whom he lost due to brain tumour, when he was sixteen. This affected Jayawardene psychologically, halting his cricket career for some time. Eventually he was persuaded to go on and set about rebuilding his career by his parents and teammates.

He is married to Christina Mallika Sirisena, a travel consultant.

Off the field, he has won praise for his personal contribution to the HOPE cancer project[4]. With memories of Dhishal in mind, he became the leading campaigner of HOPE. Now, with the support of his team-mates, he aims to build a new 750-bed cancer unit at Maharagama, the country's only dedicated cancer hospital. he z fair

Player Statistics

Career Performance

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Jayawardene's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Test Centuries

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Mahela Jayawardene

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
  • Jayawardene has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations
Test Centuries of Mahela Jayawardene
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 167 4 New Zealand Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 1998
[2] 242 7 India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 1999
[3] 167 22 South Africa Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2000
[4] 101* 24 South Africa Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2000
[5] 101 29 England Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2001
[6] 104 32 India Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2001
[7] 139 33 India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club 2001
[8] 150 ret. 34 Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club 2001
[9] 107 42 England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 2002
[10] 134 54 England Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2003
[11] 100* 59 Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2004
[12] 237 62 South Africa Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2004
[13] 141 66 New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2005
[14] 119 79 England London, England Lord’s Cricket Ground 2006
[15] 374 82 South Africa Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2006
[16] 123 83 South Africa Colombo, Sri Lanka P. Saravanamuttu Stadium 2006
[17] 127 86 Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2007
[18] 165 88 Bangladesh Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2007
[19] 104 90 Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2007
[20] 195 92 England Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2007
[21] 213* 93 England Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2007
[22] 136 94 West Indies Providence, Guyana Providence Stadium 2008
[23] 136 96 India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2008
[24] 166 99 Bangladesh Mirpur, Bangladesh Shere Bangla National Stadium 2008
[25] 240 101 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Karachi National Stadium 2009
[26] 114 106 New Zealand Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2009
[27] 275 108 India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2009

One Day International Centuries

ODI Centuries of Mahela Jayawardene
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 120 11 England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 1999
[2] 101 19 Pakistan Visakhapatnam, India Indira Priyadarshini Stadium 1999
[3] 128 57 India Sharjah, UAE Sharjah C.A. Stadium 2000
[4] 101* 71 England Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 2001
[5] 116 74 New Zealand UAE Sharjah C.A. Stadium 2001
[6] 106* 93 West Indies Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2001
[7] 126* 216 England Chester-le-Street, England Riverside Ground 2006
[8] 100 217 England Manchester, England Old Trafford 2006
[9] 115* 243 New Zealand Sabina Park, Jamaica Sabina Park 2007
[10] 107 253 Africa XI Chennai, India MA Chidambaram Stadium 2007
[11] 123 302 Pakistan Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2009
[12] 108 315 Bangladesh Mirpur, Bangladesh Shere Bangla International Stadium 2010

Awards

Test Cricket - Man of the Series awards

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in England Test Series 2002 272 (3 Matches, 6 Innings); 2 Ct. England Won the series 2-0
2 England in Sri Lanka Test Series 2007/08 474 (3 Matches, 4 Innings); 5 Ct. Sri Lanka Won the series 1-0

Test Cricket - Man of the match awards

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test - New Zealand in Sri Lanka 1997 1st Innings - 167 (4x18)
2nd Innings - 1 Ct.
Sri Lanka Won by 16 runs
2 2nd Test- Asian Test Championship 1998/99 1st Innings - 242 (4x30, 6x2) Match drawn
3 1st Test - South Africa in Sri Lanka 2004 1st Innings - 237 (4x25, 6x3); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings - 5; 1 Ct.
Match drawn
4 2nd Test - Sri Lanka in England 2006 1st Innings - 61 (4x9); 2 Ct.
2nd Innings - 119 (4x12)
Match drawn
5 1st Test - South Africa in Sri Lanka 2006 1st Innings - 374 (4x43, 6x1)
2nd Innings - 1 Ct.
Sri Lanka Won by 153 runs
6 2nd Test - South Africa in Sri Lanka 2006 1st Innings - 13 (4x2); 2 Ct.
2nd Innings - 123 (4x11, 6x2)
Sri Lanka Won by 1 wicket
7 2nd Test - England in Sri Lanka 2007/08 1st Innings - 195 (4x16, 6x1); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings - 1 Ct.
Match drawn
8 3rd Test - England in Sri Lanka 2007/08 1st Innings - 213* (4x25); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings - 2 Ct.; Run out 1
Match drawn

One-Day International Cricket - Man of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Khaleej Times Trophy (Pak, SL, Zim) in UAE 2001/02 252 (6 Matches); 2 Catches Pakistan Won final by 5 wickets
2 Indian Oil Cup (Ind, SL, WI) in Sri Lanka 2005 230 (5 Matches); 1 Catch Sri Lanka Won final by 18 runs
3 Warid Series (Pak, SL) in UAE 2007 162 (3 Matches) Pakistan Won the series 2-1
4 Afro-Asia Cup (Asia XI, Africa XI) in India 2007 217 (3 Matches); 1 Catch Asia XI Won the series 3-0

One-Day International Cricket - Man of the Match Awards

Man of the Match Awards – Mahela Jayawardene
Runs Against City/Country Venue Result Year
[1] 120 England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket 1999
[2] 101 Pakistan Visakhapatnam, India Indira Priyadarshini Stadium Sri Lanka won by 12 runs 1999
[3] 101* England Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium Sri Lanka won by 66 runs 2001
[4] 116 New Zealand Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah C.A. Stadium Sri Lanka won by 106 runs 2001
[5] 63 Zimbabwe Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah C.A. Stadium Sri Lanka won by 79 runs 2001
[6] 96 Zimbabwe Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium Sri Lanka won by 59 runs 2001
[7] 106* West Indies Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets 2001
[8] 94* India Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets 2005
[9] 83 India Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium Sri Lanka won by 18 runs 2005
[10] 50 Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Sri Lanka won by 88 runs 2005
[11] 126* England Chester-le-Street, England Riverside Ground Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets 2006
[12] 100 England Manchester, England Old Trafford Sri Lanka won by 33 runs 2006
[13] 115 New Zealand Jamaica, West Indies Sabina Park Sri Lanka won by 81 runs 2007 (World Cup Semi Final)

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Preceded by
Marvan Atapattu
Sri Lankan national cricket captain
2006-2009
Succeeded by
Kumar Sangakkara

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Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene (born 1977-05-27), is the former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is the leading Sri Lankan run scorer in tests, with an average of over 50.00.

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  • There is so much uncertainty in cricket. One day you can get a hundred, the next day you can be dismissed for a zero. It makes you become practical about things. Teaches you to accept both success and failure. I think I have learnt a lot about life from cricket.
  • We should not play like Australia or India or England — we should play like Sri Lanka.

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