Mahela Jayawardene reaches 10,000 ODI runs November 18, 2011

Elegance beyond numbers

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Mahela Jayawardene, who reached the 10,000-run landmark in ODIs, may not have the best stats but his class and quality have been evident in big matches
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Since the 1996 World Cup triumph, Sri Lanka have been one of the most consistent ODI teams reaching one World Cup semi-final and two more finals. They owe much of their success in the format to an array of outstanding fast-scoring batsmen starting with Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya. In the last decade, Sri Lanka's batting stats have been dominated by the classy Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Jayawardene, who today became the second Sri Lanka batsman after Jayasuriya and the ninth overall to cross 10,000 runs in ODIs, is also Sri Lanka's highest run-getter in Tests. After making his debut in 1998, Jayawardene has played much of his career in the middle order. Although he has continued to average in the mid thirties, a recent resurgence in form in the last two years has seen his average rise to around 45 since the beginning of 2010.

A comparison of the six Sri Lanka batsmen to cross 7000 runs is an interesting exercise. Jayasuriya and de Silva were extremely attacking players who came to the fore in the 1996 World Cup. Both of them scored their runs at a fast clip with Jayasuriya in particular boasting a strike rate in excess of 90. Marvan Atapattu, who opened the innings with Jayasuriya for much of his career, was the ideal foil to the aggressive left-hander. Atapattu, who has the second-highest average among the players in the 7000-run group, had a low strike rate of just over 67. Jayawardene and Sangakkara, who have been the core batsmen in the Sri Lankan line-up for the last six years, also have averages in a similar range with the former having a slightly higher strike rate.

Sri Lanka batsmen with 7000-plus runs in ODIs
Batsman Matches Runs Average SR 100/50
Sanath Jayasuriya* 445 13430 32.36 91.21 28/68
Mahela Jayawardene* 355 10004 33.45 77.66 15/61
Kumar Sangakkara* 303 9550 37.74 75.36 11/65
Aravinda de Silva 308 9284 34.90 81.13 11/64
Marvan Atapattu 268 8529 37.57 67.12 11/59
Arjuna Ranatunga 269 7456 35.84 77.91 4/49
* Includes ODIs when they didn't represent Sri Lanka

Jayawardene averages nearly 57 in the last two World Cups, but this masks the horror shows in the 1999 and 2003 tournaments. In those two World Cups, Jayawardene scored just 123 runs in 11 innings and hit rock bottom in the 2003 World Cup when he managed just 21 runs in seven innings. However, in the 2007 World Cup, he demonstrated excellent consistency and scored a brilliant match-winning century in the semi-final against New Zealand. In the 2011 tournament that was played in the subcontinent, Jayawardene produced a masterly display in the final against India but Sri Lanka were unable to defend a competitive score. Overall, in global tournaments, Jayawardene averages higher than he has in bilateral series. In the Australian tri series, he has been below par scoring just one century in 36 matches at an average under 34. On a whole though, his performances in tournament semi-finals and finals have generally been good with an average of 39.19 with two centuries and eight half-centuries.

Jayawardene's ODI stats by series
Type of series/tournament Matches Runs Average SR 100/50
Bilateral series 153 4035 31.77 75.18 6/22
Tri series (Australia) 36 1121 33.96 80.18 1/10
World Cup/Champions Trophy 51 1549 37.78 86.43 3/9
Asia Cup 20 468 31.20 86.66 0/5
Tournament finals/semi-finals 31 1019 39.19 83.31 2/8

Jayawardene, predominantly a middle-order batsman, has opened the innings ten times performing particularly well. As an opener, he has scored more than 600 runs at an average of 61.80 with three centuries. His strike rate of 93.49 is also well above his career mark of 77.68. In the early part of his career, he played in the lower middle order (No. 5-8) and struggled with his average hovering around the 25 mark. However, Jayawardene has proved to be most prolific at No.4. He has batted 178 times at No.4 scoring nearly 60% of his career runs at an average of 35.88 with seven centuries and 41 fifties.

Jayawardene's ODI record by batting position
Batting position Innings Runs Average SR 100/50
1-2 10 618 61.80 93.49 3/2
3 45 1373 35.20 80.15 3/6
4 178 5705 35.88 76.34 7/41
5 66 1584 26.40 74.78 1/9
6-8 34 724 23.34 79.03 0/0

Like most Sri Lanka batsmen, Jayawardene has found the going tough in matches played outside home. While he averages just 31.80 in ODIs in Australia, his struggles have been exemplified in South Africa and New Zealand where he has averaged 21.52 and 17.45 respectively. He has done well in India and Sri Lanka scoring seven of his 15 centuries in the two countries. Surprisingly, Jayawardene has found the going tough in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe too averaging just 31.40 and 18.08. However, he has tasted success in matches in England where he averages 43.80 with three centuries.

Jayawardene's record in various countries (other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe)
Host country Matches Runs Average SR 100/50
Australia 39 1145 31.80 79.34 1/10
England 23 920 43.80 84.09 3/3
India 29 1049 38.85 83.32 3/4
New Zealand 15 192 17.45 57.14 0/0
Pakistan 16 384 25.60 79.33 0/2
South Africa 27 495 21.52 72.05 0/4
Sri Lanka 119 3229 35.48 76.04 4/22
UAE 31 1089 38.89 79.72 2/6
West Indies 17 661 47.21 80.90 1/5

Although Jayawardene is one of only nine batsmen to amass 10,000 runs in ODIs, his average is not on par with most others in the group. Sachin Tendulkar, who is far ahead of all batsmen in terms of runs and centuries, has an even distribution of centuries and a comparable average home and away. Ricky Ponting, the second-highest run-getter, has an excellent average of 44.13 in away games. Inzamam-ul-Haq's home and away numbers indicate a very large disparity. While he averages 56.80 at home, he has managed only 36.86 in away matches. His centuries-to-fifties ratio is also very low (10:83) as compared to most others in the group. Jayawardene, in contrast to the others, averages just over 35 in home matches and 32.64 in away matches. His strike rate at No.4 (76.34) is marginally better than the overall strike rate for that position in ODIs since 2000 (75.41).

* Away stats include matches played in neutral venues

Batting stats for batsmen with 10,000 runs in ODIs*
Batsman Matches/Runs (home) Avg/SR (home) 100/50 (home) Matches/Runs (a/n) Avg/SR (a/n) 100/50 (a/n)
Sachin Tendulkar 164/6976 48.11/88.40 20/38 289/11135 43.49/85.07 28/57
Ricky Ponting 148/5388 40.51/79.86 13/32 222/8298 44.13/81.08 17/50
Sanath Jayasuriya 128/3880 33.73/88.95 7/24 317/9550 31.83/92.17 21/44
Inzamam-ul-Haq 75/2674 56.89/80.76 4/17 303/9065 36.26/72.51 6/66
Jacques Kallis 136/4993 47.55/74.93 6/38 181/6379 43.99/71.35 11/46
Sourav Ganguly 78/3110 44.42/77.45 4/24 233/8253 39.86/72.38 18/48
Rahul Dravid 97/3406 43.11/78.53 6/24 247/7483 37.60/68.35 6/59
Brian Lara 91/3224 44.16/79.05 6/20 208/7181 39.02/79.71 13/43
Mahela Jayawardene 119/3229 35.48/76.04 4/22 236/6775 32.57/78.45 11/39

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 21, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    He need rest. He is the run machine for Lanka over the years . Because of less quality players in the side, he and Sanga did lot of hard work.

  • S.Jagernath on November 20, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    How is it that Sri Lanka is the only test team that does not tour properly?And Jayawardene has played 5 tests in S.A and a few were on our slower pitches in S.A n Ntini exposed Jayawardene's weakness against short pitch bowling & Ntini wsnt even very good.Jayawardene only manages to maintain that average because he does not tour like the other players around the world.That is why the English,Australians & South Africans regard Sri Lankan cricketers a joke.

  • funkycrispy on November 20, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @SSDUK ....I thot Sinhababu's camparison is crazy, now u beat him hands down....Do you seriously think those opportunities. are not enuf. for him? And here we are talking about % of 100 and 50 scores in opporutniities given and it is not absolute comparions...And you are mentioning about one days records,....did u ever try to look at Sachin's away one day records????

  • tushmath on November 20, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    an average of less than 35!!!and hes one of the "best batsmen" - what a joke.. even if someone like dilshan plays 400 odis hell score 10k but an average is what counts..so no he is NOT one of the best batsmen..period

  • on November 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Sublime and treat for the eye while inform....But its a very rare and an uncommon occurance...For that reason I am saddened and agree that he does not belong to the top.....

  • timtom on November 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Getting 10K is a fantastic achievement by any standards and this will remain for ever. Congratulations for that !!!! He remains one of the best for SRILANKA.

    But comparing with Sachin in ODI is nothing short of blasphemy..

    When he bats he makes batting looks very easy and smooth which actually masks his failures in countless innings. Very very inconsistent.. He has been able to hold on so long only because Srilanka has not been able to produce a good batsman after Sanga ...say entire 2000`s and continuing..Mahela will continue to play another 5-6 yrs because srilanka does`nt look to produce any batman in near future....

  • on November 19, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    mahela is a topclass player,i just love to see him caress the ball between point to extra cover region,and those occasional chip over the infield............still he can't be compared to ponting,lara,kallis or tendulkar but way better than inzamam and definitely one of the best batsman of this era..

  • on November 19, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Mehela is a great player, and certainly one of Sri Lanka's best ever. Not being one of the 10 best ODI players of all time does not take away from that.

  • ssduk on November 19, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    S.Jagernath ....you tell me How many matches Sachin played away ?? During Jayawardena's 14 years carrer he has tourd 1 time to SA, 2 times in Australia, one in WI and 3 times in England. Do you this it is enough for a player to perform well ??? So look at his 15 ODI undreds.....11 played away and 40 half centuries.....??????

  • S.Jagernath on November 19, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    @Sinabahu.What would we say abt Sachin Tendulkar?that he is very competent in all conditions?Sachin Tendulkar has 29 test centuries away from home alone.Have a look at Jayawardene away record,it is not even average.He has just 9 out of 29 centuries away from Sri Lanka,and 10 of the 20 at home is just at the SSC.Forget comparing him to Tendulkar,there is just no comparison!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 21, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    He need rest. He is the run machine for Lanka over the years . Because of less quality players in the side, he and Sanga did lot of hard work.

  • S.Jagernath on November 20, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    How is it that Sri Lanka is the only test team that does not tour properly?And Jayawardene has played 5 tests in S.A and a few were on our slower pitches in S.A n Ntini exposed Jayawardene's weakness against short pitch bowling & Ntini wsnt even very good.Jayawardene only manages to maintain that average because he does not tour like the other players around the world.That is why the English,Australians & South Africans regard Sri Lankan cricketers a joke.

  • funkycrispy on November 20, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @SSDUK ....I thot Sinhababu's camparison is crazy, now u beat him hands down....Do you seriously think those opportunities. are not enuf. for him? And here we are talking about % of 100 and 50 scores in opporutniities given and it is not absolute comparions...And you are mentioning about one days records,....did u ever try to look at Sachin's away one day records????

  • tushmath on November 20, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    an average of less than 35!!!and hes one of the "best batsmen" - what a joke.. even if someone like dilshan plays 400 odis hell score 10k but an average is what counts..so no he is NOT one of the best batsmen..period

  • on November 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Sublime and treat for the eye while inform....But its a very rare and an uncommon occurance...For that reason I am saddened and agree that he does not belong to the top.....

  • timtom on November 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Getting 10K is a fantastic achievement by any standards and this will remain for ever. Congratulations for that !!!! He remains one of the best for SRILANKA.

    But comparing with Sachin in ODI is nothing short of blasphemy..

    When he bats he makes batting looks very easy and smooth which actually masks his failures in countless innings. Very very inconsistent.. He has been able to hold on so long only because Srilanka has not been able to produce a good batsman after Sanga ...say entire 2000`s and continuing..Mahela will continue to play another 5-6 yrs because srilanka does`nt look to produce any batman in near future....

  • on November 19, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    mahela is a topclass player,i just love to see him caress the ball between point to extra cover region,and those occasional chip over the infield............still he can't be compared to ponting,lara,kallis or tendulkar but way better than inzamam and definitely one of the best batsman of this era..

  • on November 19, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Mehela is a great player, and certainly one of Sri Lanka's best ever. Not being one of the 10 best ODI players of all time does not take away from that.

  • ssduk on November 19, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    S.Jagernath ....you tell me How many matches Sachin played away ?? During Jayawardena's 14 years carrer he has tourd 1 time to SA, 2 times in Australia, one in WI and 3 times in England. Do you this it is enough for a player to perform well ??? So look at his 15 ODI undreds.....11 played away and 40 half centuries.....??????

  • S.Jagernath on November 19, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    @Sinabahu.What would we say abt Sachin Tendulkar?that he is very competent in all conditions?Sachin Tendulkar has 29 test centuries away from home alone.Have a look at Jayawardene away record,it is not even average.He has just 9 out of 29 centuries away from Sri Lanka,and 10 of the 20 at home is just at the SSC.Forget comparing him to Tendulkar,there is just no comparison!

  • on November 19, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    The only batmen is Ricky Ponting whose away average is better than Home ground .

  • on November 19, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    and mahela's achiements ,

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  • on November 19, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    2 vijay. mahela avarage 65 againts england. 67 againts india. 51 againts nz. 70 againts SA, 60 againts WU and 35 againts pak and 32 againts aus. as u know half of those matches played away.

  • on November 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @PradeepR: Inzamam's away average is better than Jayasuriya and Jayawardene (last table) and his home average is the best, way ahead of Tendulkar.If playing at home is so easy they should all average similarly. And of-course when my team is in trouble I miss Inzy and don't long for the world's most prolific batsman, Tendulkar.True. Pakistan's bowlers win us matches despite terrible batting. And I do think I prefer this to no bowling and good batting. @BattosaiXX: Exactly! No comparison between Inzy the finisher and Tendulkar the starter.

  • Johnxyz on November 19, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    What needs to be understood in ODI batting stats is that you cannot compare stats between those batting in the the top 3 positions and the other batting positions. The top 3 are the ones who get all the opportunities consistently to pile on the runs and pick up centuries and maintain higher averages. This is reflected in the fact that of the 9 batsmen to score 10,000 runs, Mahela and Inzi are the only ones to bat primarily outside of top 3 positions. If you look at the most number of 100s scored, 7 of the top 10 are openers while the other 3 batted at # 3.

  • Shayamantha on November 19, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    If we could see Mahela scoring well in South Africa..Beyond doubt he is a classy batsman..But the argument is going on as he has scored more in the subcontinent..

  • on November 19, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    @S.Jagernath considering the fact that only 9 people have done this in the history of ODI cricket I don't know how u say he "has actually been very poor even at ODI level". Sure he does not average as high as the others but then your comparing him to the likes of Master class batsmen in the form of Lara and Tendulkar. So for a person to be compared to 2 all time greats he too must be pretty special. S.Jagernath look at yourself and see if you have scored even 1000 runs in gully cricket before you look down on a man who has scored 10,000 in ODI's.

    Congrats Mahela brilliant achievement.

  • anurag4u10 on November 19, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    mahela jayawardne had been vry succssful wen he opens d inning, an average of 61 nd 3 centuries in 10 innings. i really don knw y he was pushed down d order gvn his stats as an opener. in t20s as well he had been a success as an opener

  • on November 19, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Mahela is not as good as any players in 10K league...He jus bat in flat pitches .Look @his avg in NZ SA it s awkward,,pl don't compare him with greats.HE S VERY ORDINARY,to say d least

  • funkycrispy on November 19, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @Sinhabahu....Oh really? Do you have any idea about test records of Sachin? Did you ever try to compare away records of Sachin and Mahela? Do that and then talk about it, its useless comparison and argument. period..Just b'cos he too averages above 50 doesn't mean that he can compared with anyone....note that even your samaraveera has similar avarege...

  • on November 19, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    a superb batsman over the years...a true legend...he's one of the best batsman world cricket has ever produced...stats wise he's no match to sachin bt his class is far more better than tendulkar...:)

  • BreathsCricket on November 19, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    MJ scored brilliant century in WC Final against India nd still lanka lost match..bt this doesnt downgrade quality of his batsmanship..same situations hapened wid Sachin in most of his career..

  • 3rd_man on November 19, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    I have watched MJ batting since he started his career. I can tell this. He never can never challenge batting ability of Aravinda. Unfortunately those early days Aravinda threw his wicket away.After playing in England for kent and 96 WC he became different batsman. SL cricket standard gone high and he became more consistent. if Aravinda play these days he could have score more than any of them right now.with regards to batting stats, during his long career he is not the best when it comes to attack bowlers successfully.that why his average is low.he will get out not like other grates listed there. low average in SA and NZ is what expected. very weak in swinging conditions.for stats in Zim and Bangladesh shows if he not in good nick he find difficult to come out of it not like other grates High average in England he did well as a captain. got some runs as an opener. he is a strange kind of batsman on his day can be very attractive. pleasing to eye.very good at using pace of the bowlers.

  • mahtabtanim1 on November 19, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Mahela is one of the most stylish batsmen in world cricket now. The 'piece' like him is becoming rare nowadays. Stats dont show how soothing his batting is. I find the meaning of watching cricket when I watch the 'pieces' like him batting.

  • ratedstfu44 on November 19, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    MJ is a match winner than sachin who doesnt play for stats .....plays for the sake of team.

  • on November 19, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Mahela is another great sri lankan batsman, but he might not a legend as Jayasuriya who is brought effectiveness to the game. and Change the country likeness and game's nature.

  • lananad on November 19, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Well done Mahela! You always played for the team. Keep up the good work. You are a true gentleman Cricketer.

  • TheScot on November 19, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Please do not compare Jayawardene with Ponting and Tendulkar. He is just one of the better batsmen from his country. The other two universally acclaimed geniuses and masters of the batting craft. It's like comparing Peter Crouch with Messy and Zidane.

  • on November 19, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Its hard to understand the title of this article. 10,000 Runs and people still are not satisfied with the performance. Its easy to say, hard to make 10,000 runs is a great number. All the best to Mahela in future games.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 19, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    yes he passed the 10K run mark but that doesn't make him that great. He has been amazing when he makes centuries (14 of the 15 Lanka won), but his career hasn't been really that great. Think Mahela was a born opener for the Sri Lankan side, but with Dilshan and Tharanga doing alright, I don't see how he can move up the order.

  • Sinhabahu on November 19, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    S. Jagernath, we could say the same thing about Sachin if you look at his Test stats.

  • RohanMarkJay on November 19, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene has been one of the best batsman in world cricket in the last 14 years in ALL conditions. He has great defensive and attacking batting technique the hallmark of all truly great batsman. An ability to pick the up the ball early, then using his stylish batsman-ship dispatching the cricket ball to the boundary. It has been a real pleasure for any cricket fan to see Mahela Jayawardene batting. He has been a great servant of Sri Lankan cricket for the last 14 years. May he continue to entertain us for many more years yet. Congratulations Mahela Jayawardene on reaching the 10,000 ODI runs landmark. Well Played.

  • playitstraight on November 18, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene, with all due respect, is one of the classiest batsmen who have played the game, in all three formats. Like the saying goes "statistics don't tell the full story". He has an average of 33.45 but he has played a lot of fine knocks over the past 4 years and is an invaluable member of the SL team. Well done Mahela, and keep it up!!!

  • ajmal1988 on November 18, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Well "Pradeep R" that is Shoaib Akhtar's own opinions. He faced Inzamam several times in the nets and struggled to get him out. Sachin played shoaib with less confidence and sometimes he even didn't know where to go when the balls where coming towards his body in high speeds.

  • on November 18, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    He is a class act - one can say that about him for sure. Every innings a poetry, every run divine.

  • atiq_pak on November 18, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Sachin never a match winner india lost 4-0 but sachin also a failure there, now aginst weak side he will score.

  • VENKATASAIPRAVEEN on November 18, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene's average in ODI's should have been higher !! One of the greatest batsmen SriLanka ever produced !

  • PradeepR on November 18, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    This is a team game. Winning or losing depends on lots of factors. One thing people always forget is India has never had bowlers of the caliber of Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis just to name two and I am sure those two played a great role in Pakistan's wins. With India even a record score doesn't guarantee a sure win.

  • BattosaiXX on November 18, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Inzi was a match finisher, Sachin is an opener so it hard for him to finish, and usualy seen his team flop after he puts them in a winning position. So its hard to compare them. Stats wise no one can match Sachin. Been a one man team for 2 decade. It sad that Sachin never had a good bowling unit other wise he would have 3-4 world cup under his belt.

  • on November 18, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    You have missed one stat that is winning percentage of his centuries. He has only one match-losing century out of his 15 centuries and that was in WC'11 Final against India

  • S.Jagernath on November 18, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene has actually been very poor even at ODI level.Its really amazing how some people actualy think he is great.I still don't know why his inability away from home is not broadcast a lot more.Commentators praising him influence viewers to believe he is great when he is very very far from that.

  • donda on November 18, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    scoring 10000 runs in ODI is real landmark and hallmark of a great player. He is know among the legends of both ODI and test cricket batsmen. Currently he is the all time best sri lankan batsman ever, not in future because Sangakara is going to steel all the records from him and many more players. Mahela is real legend. and i hope he plays till next WC.

  • PradeepR on November 18, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    .....and Mr. Shoaib Akhtar says Inzamam is a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. He is the worst of all the 9 mentioned here.

  • on November 18, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Truly an asian tiger !! Him along with Sangakkara are core of Sri Lankan batting !!

  • Fareen on November 18, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    One of the most stylish batsman of all time...Hopefully we can see him playing for Sri lanka until the next world cup...And congrats for achieving such feet.

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  • Fareen on November 18, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    One of the most stylish batsman of all time...Hopefully we can see him playing for Sri lanka until the next world cup...And congrats for achieving such feet.

  • on November 18, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Truly an asian tiger !! Him along with Sangakkara are core of Sri Lankan batting !!

  • PradeepR on November 18, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    .....and Mr. Shoaib Akhtar says Inzamam is a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. He is the worst of all the 9 mentioned here.

  • donda on November 18, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    scoring 10000 runs in ODI is real landmark and hallmark of a great player. He is know among the legends of both ODI and test cricket batsmen. Currently he is the all time best sri lankan batsman ever, not in future because Sangakara is going to steel all the records from him and many more players. Mahela is real legend. and i hope he plays till next WC.

  • S.Jagernath on November 18, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene has actually been very poor even at ODI level.Its really amazing how some people actualy think he is great.I still don't know why his inability away from home is not broadcast a lot more.Commentators praising him influence viewers to believe he is great when he is very very far from that.

  • on November 18, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    You have missed one stat that is winning percentage of his centuries. He has only one match-losing century out of his 15 centuries and that was in WC'11 Final against India

  • BattosaiXX on November 18, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Inzi was a match finisher, Sachin is an opener so it hard for him to finish, and usualy seen his team flop after he puts them in a winning position. So its hard to compare them. Stats wise no one can match Sachin. Been a one man team for 2 decade. It sad that Sachin never had a good bowling unit other wise he would have 3-4 world cup under his belt.

  • PradeepR on November 18, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    This is a team game. Winning or losing depends on lots of factors. One thing people always forget is India has never had bowlers of the caliber of Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis just to name two and I am sure those two played a great role in Pakistan's wins. With India even a record score doesn't guarantee a sure win.

  • VENKATASAIPRAVEEN on November 18, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene's average in ODI's should have been higher !! One of the greatest batsmen SriLanka ever produced !

  • atiq_pak on November 18, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Sachin never a match winner india lost 4-0 but sachin also a failure there, now aginst weak side he will score.