The many lives Mahela touched
Sidhanta Patnaik, writing for Wisden India, sheds light on the impact made by Mahela Jayawardene on the lives of cricket lovers, off the field.
Jayawardene's wholesome nature and genuine respect for another's space has helped him connect easily with those around him. Shanaka Amarasinghe's admiration for the cricketer grew in 2006 when Jayawardene was direct and honest, and yet polite, while pointing out that Amarasinghe was late for an appointment by 10 minutes. Brad Stevens remembers how Jayawardene was always dependable and stood for what he believed in when the two of them hosted The Square Cut, Jayawardene's first show on a lifestyle radio station in Colombo.