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Mahela Jayawardene      

Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene

Born May 27, 1977, Colombo

Current age 36 years 332 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Sinhalese Sports Club, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Wayamba

Playing role Batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 143 240 15 11319 374 50.30 21964 51.53 33 46 1329 60 194 0
ODIs 412 385 38 11512 144 33.17 14684 78.39 16 71 1002 68 202 0
T20Is 55 55 8 1493 100 31.76 1121 133.18 1 9 173 33 17 0
First-class 230 369 24 17297 374 50.13 50 76 294 0
List A 501 467 49 14001 163* 33.49 17 88 247 0
Twenty20 170 165 24 4051 110* 28.73 3129 129.46 2 26 466 93 66 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 143 21 553 297 6 2/32 2/32 49.50 3.22 92.1 0 0 0
ODIs 412 27 582 558 7 2/56 2/56 79.71 5.75 83.1 0 0 0
T20Is 55 1 6 8 0 - - - 8.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 230 2965 1616 52 5/72 31.07 3.27 57.0 1 0
List A 501 1269 1141 23 3/25 3/25 49.60 5.39 55.1 0 0 0
Twenty20 170 4 69 82 3 2/22 2/22 27.33 7.13 23.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Aug 2-6, 1997 scorecard
Last Test Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, Feb 4-8, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Jan 24, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Mar 8, 2014 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1995/96
Last First-class Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, Feb 4-8, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1995/96
Last List A Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Mar 8, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Burgher Recreation Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (NCC), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
24 Sri Lanka v India Dhaka 6 Apr 2014 T20I # 400
0 Sri Lanka v West Indies Dhaka 3 Apr 2014 T20I # 398
25 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Chittagong 31 Mar 2014 T20I # 395
89 Sri Lanka v England Chittagong 27 Mar 2014 T20I # 387
11* Sri Lanka v Netherlands Chittagong 24 Mar 2014 T20I # 384
9 Sri Lanka v South Africa Chittagong 22 Mar 2014 T20I # 379
0 Sri Lanka v West Indies Dhaka 19 Mar 2014 Other T20
30 Sri Lanka v India Dhaka 17 Mar 2014 Other T20
75 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Dhaka 8 Mar 2014 ODI # 3486
0 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Dhaka 6 Mar 2014 ODI # 3485
Profile

A prolific, elegant and utterly classy batsman with a huge appetite for runs, and a calm yet authoritative captain - those are the qualities that best describe Mahela Jayawardene. His sheer quality as a batsman was never in doubt even when he just entered the international scene, but for Jayawardene the biggest challenge has been to justify all the early hype. With over 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs - and a captaincy stint that included a World Cup final appearance - it can safely be said that he has met that challenge more than adequately.

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Timeline
    • August 2-6 1997
      Success on debut
      • On Test debut, Jayawawardene joins in the fun against India in a high-scoring draw at the R Premadasa Stadium with 66 from No. 6. Takes two catches as well.
    • January 24, 1998
      Wrapping it up in style
      • Hits the winning run from his first delivery in one-day cricket as Sri Lanka chase down 213 with five wickets in hand against Zimbabwe in Colombo.
    • June 6, 1998
      Negotiating a minefield In just his fourth Test, and on a minefield of a Galle pitch, Jayawardene makes 167 out of a total of 323 against New Zealand. Sri Lanka win the match by an innings and 16 runs to level the series.

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Best Performances
    • 167 v New Zealand, Galle, June 1998
      • By stumps on day three of the second Test the inadequacy of New Zealand's first-innings 193 becomes clear: Sri Lanka are ahead with seven wickets in hand and Jayawardene, 21, shows remarkable technique and control for his unbeaten 88. Next day, his captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, nurses him through the nineties to a magnificent maiden Test century that sparks off wild celebrations. The players hug in mid-pitch, a policeman sets off a rocket and, with remarkable timing, a hot-dog vending machine blows up, sending clouds of smoke across the pavilion. But Jayawardene, in only his fourth Test, is not finished yet, and pushes on to a superb 167. He shows the temperament and personality to succeed on the international stage. The next highest score is in the thirties as Sri Lanka total 232. New Zealand fail, in four sessions, to even hit the 130 necessary to make Sri Lanka bat again. Jayawardene is the Man of the Match.
    • 120 v England, Adelaide, January 1999
      • In an ODI remembered for the controversy of umpire Ross Emerson calling Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing and Ranatunga leading his side off the field, Jayawardene chooses the hottest of times to hit his maiden hundred and help Sri Lanka home by one wicket and two balls left. Chasing 303, Jayawardene crafts 120 from 111 balls before the tail inches home.
    • 242 v India, Colombo, February 1999
      • Jayawardene converts his second Test hundred into a maiden double in just his seventh Test. Having more or less cemented the No. 3 spot after Asanka Gurusinha's exit from Test cricket, Jayawardene displays the temperament and shots for the long innings. He bats 677 minutes and faces 465 balls overs three days for his 242, hitting 30 fours and a pair of sixes. India pay dearly for dropping Jayawardene five times, the first at 25. He holds the innings together - the only other man to cross 50 is Arjuna Ranatunga - and ensures the game is drawn. Is last out at 485 having reduced India's lead to 33.
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Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • Hungry for runs (Aug 2, 2006)
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  • The nuts and bolts of Mahela Jayawardene (Mar 17, 2004)
    Mahela Jayawardene is one of the most complete batsmen in Sri Lankan cricket today, admired for both the elegance of his play and the solidity of his technique
  • Mahela Jayawardene (Mar 28, 2007)
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Apr 6, 2014

The Sri Lankan team lifts the World T20 trophy, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014

The Sri Lankan team lifts the World T20 trophy

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Apr 6, 2014

The Sri Lankan party continued in the dressing room, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014

The Sri Lankan party continued in the dressing room

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Apr 6, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara signed off in style, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara signed off in style

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2007

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2013

Tour Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Jan 28, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 2 runs (D/L method)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 26, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Jan 23, 2013
Australia won by 32 runs
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 20, 2013
No result
Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Jan 18, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 180 balls remaining)
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