Mahela Jayawardene:10000 runs in Tests December 26, 2011

Dominant at home, vulnerable away

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Mahela Jayawardene, the ninth player to reach 10000 runs, has been terrific in Tests in Sri Lanka but has struggled to perform similarly outside the subcontinent
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Less than a month back, Mahela Jayawardene became the second Sri Lankan batsman after Sanath Jayasuriya to reach the 10,000-run mark in ODIs. But in the second Test against South Africa in Durban, he scaled an even greater landmark- that of 10,000 runs in Tests. He becomes the ninth player overall and the first Sri Lankan to reach the mark. Jayawardene reached the 10,000-run mark in his 210th innings, making him the fifth-fastest (in terms of innings batted) to get there. In the course of the last decade, along with Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling, Jayawardene's batting has played a major role in cementing Sri Lanka's position as a highly-dominant team in home Tests.

Jayawardene has scored over 80% of his career runs batting at No.4. While his aggregate of 8167 runs at this position is second only to Sachin Tendulkar's 12754, his average of 55.18 at No.4 is third behind Jacques Kallis and Tendulkar (among batsmen with 5000-plus runs at No.4). His association with Sri Lanka's second-highest run-getter Kumar Sangakkara has been one of the most prolific in Tests. The pair is one among only four to aggregate over 5000 partnership runs and the average of 60.29 is third on the list of highest partnership averages (pairs with 4000-plus partnership runs).

Over the years, Sri Lanka have been exceptional in home Tests but far more vulnerable away. Jayawardene's batting stats tell a similar story. He has been outstanding at home, scoring over 60% of his career runs at a superb average of 62.92. He has scored 20 centuries in home Tests but has managed just nine in away contests. Jayawardene's batting, which has been all about grace and elegance, has not quite been at the same level outside the subcontinent. In matches played in the subcontinent, he averages 57.22 with 23 centuries. In contrast, he has averaged just 35.42 outside Asia with six centuries. However, in 13 home Tests as a captain, he has been enormously successful with seven centuries and an average over 100. Although he has lacked the same form outside Asia, his stats as a captain outside the subcontinent (average 45.88 with five centuries) are better than his numbers as a non-captain.

All stats are updated till the end of Jayawardene's first innings in Durban

Mahela Jayawardene's Test record
Matches Innings Runs Average 100/50
Overall 127 210 10030 50.91 29/40
Home 70 108 6292 62.92 20/29
Away/Neutral 57 102 3738 38.53 9/11
In subcontinent 93 150 8011 57.22 23/36
Outside subcontinent 34 60 2019 35.42 6/4
As captain (home) 13 19 1706 100.35 7/4
As captain (away) 15 28 1239 45.88 5/1

Jayawardene, who made his debut in 1997, had a fairly decent start to his Test career, averaging over 45 in his first 25 Tests. In 2001, he scored four centuries and went past 1000 runs in a year for the first time in his career. In the period from 2003-2007, he scored 12 centuries and fell just short of 1000 runs in a year in both 2006 and 2007. In July 2006, playing at the SSC, he set the record for the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman when he made 374 against South Africa. He followed up this knock with another century in the next Test to take Sri Lanka to a one-wicket win.

Statistically, 2007 proved to be his best year as he aggregated 982 runs at a stunning average of 98.20 with five centuries. His top form continued in to 2009 as he scored 1194 runs in 11 Tests including a double-century in Ahmedabad in a series Sri Lanka lost 2-0. In 2011, however, he has averaged just 25.15 with his solitary century coming in the fourth innings in the defeat against Australia in Galle.

Phases of Jayawardene's career
Phase Matches Innings Runs Average 100/50
Debut-2002 47 75 3351 47.87 9/16
2003-2007 46 76 3920 56.00 12/14
2008-2011 34 59 2759 48.40 8/10

Jayawardene, like most Sri Lankan batsmen, has played often against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and profited heavily (1280 runs in 19 Tests at an average 60.95).

A detailed analysis of his record against each team both home and away reveals some interesting numbers. Against both Australia and Pakistan, Jayawardene has found the going tough in home matches too. While he scored his only century against Australia in home Tests in Galle earlier this year, he is yet to score a hundred against Pakistan at home. In 13 away/neutral matches against Pakistan, Jayawardene averages 32.79 with a century and three fifties. He has played only four Tests in Australia and has been below-par, averaging just 34.25 with one century.

Against most other teams, there is a distinct disparity in his run-scoring in home and away Tests. The largest such difference is in matches against South Africa (home average 105.27 and away average 30.00) and England (home average 89.16 and away average 34.11). While his performances in home and away Tests against India are comparable, the same is not true against New Zealand (home average 66.72 and away average 27.71). From these numbers, it is quite clear Jayawardene has had his problems in countries where the conditions are in favour of seam and swing bowlers.

Record against each team (home and away) - excludes Bangladesh and Zimbabwe
Opposition Matches (home) Runs/Avg (home) 100/50 (home) Matches (away) Runs/Avg (away) 100/50 (away) Matches (overall) Runs/Avg (overall) 100/50 (overall)
Australia 9 529/35.26 1/3 4 274/34.25 1/0 13 803/34.91 2/3
England 9 1070/89.16 4/5 10 614/34.11 2/2 19 1684/56.13 6/7
India 12 1194/70.23 5/4 6 628/62.80 1/4 18 1822/67.48 6/8
New Zealand 7 734/66.72 2/5 4 194/27.71 1/0 11 928/51.55 3/5
Pakistan 8 430/30.71 0/4 13 787/32.79 1/3 21 1217/32.02 1/7
South Africa 7 1158/105.27 5/1 7 390/30.00 0/1 14 1548/64.50 5/2
West Indies 8 454/45.40 0/4 4 294/42.00 1/0 12 748/44.00 1/4

Jayawardene's batting stats are heavily skewed towards the team's first innings. He has scored 7384 runs at an average close to 60 in his team's first innings but just 2631 runs at 36.54 in the second innings.

In the second innings of matches [out of four], he's scored 13 centuries and an average of 68.30 as compared to a corresponding number of 50.79 in the first innings. In the third innings, he has scored just two centuries at a low average of 30.94. However, Jayawardene's fourth-innings performance is among the very best. His average of 50.30 makes him one among only six batsmen to score over 1000 runs in the fourth innings and have an average over 50. However, as is the case with his overall away numbers, his second-innings (third and fourth innings of matches) average falls to just 27.79 in away matches against top teams (excluding matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe).

Jayawardene's record across the four match innings
Innings of match No of innings (home) Runs/avg (home) 100/50 (home) No of innings (away) Runs/avg (away) 100/50 (away)
1st 33 2179/68.09 8/9 30 970/32.33 3/0
2nd 36 2774/77.05 9/11 27 1461/56.19 4/6
3rd 24 708/32.18 0/7 31 932/30.06 2/2
4th 15 631/63.10 3/2 14 375/37.50 0/3

Reaching the 10,000-run mark places Jayawardene in illustrious company. Not only is he the first Sri Lankan to get there but is also the fourth player from the subcontinent after Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to achieve the feat. The table below analyses the batsmen's run-distribution in home and away Tests.

Jayawardene, who has played 70 of his 127 matches (55%) at home, has scored nearly 63% of his total runs in home Tests. His away-run percentage (36.97) is the lowest among all players in the group. Dravid, who has played 70 of his 160 Tests at home (44%), has scored 57.24% of his total runs in away games. Gavaskar, the first player to reach the 10,000-run mark, has a near-even distribution of home and away runs.

A batsman's consistency in away matches can be gauged from the ratio of his away average to his home average. While Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis have ratios of 0.98 and 0.97 respectively, Allan Border and Steve Waugh have away averages that are much better than their home averages (ratios of 1.23 and 1.16). Jayawardene, who falls way behind in this list with a corresponding ratio of just 0.61, is likely to be remembered more for his outstanding match-winning exploits in home Tests than his display in away games.

Jayawardene's record in comparison with other 10000-plus run-getters
Player Total runs/avg Matches (home) Runs/avg (home) 100/50 (home) Matches (away) Runs/avg (away) 100/50 (away) away runs % ratio of away avg to home avg
Sachin Tendulkar 15183 82 6765/56.37 22/29 102 8418/55.74 29/34 55.44 0.98
Rahul Dravid 13094 70 5598/51.35 15/27 90 7496/54.71 21/35 57.24 1.06
Ricky Ponting 12718 86 7064/56.96 21/36 73 5654/47.51 18/23 44.45 0.83
Jacques Kallis 12036 80 6514/58.16 21/32 68 5522/55.22 19/23 45.87 0.97
Brian Lara 11953 65 6217/58.65 17/26 66 5736/47.80 17/22 47.98 0.81
Allan Border 11174 86 5743/45.94 13/35 70 5431/56.57 14/28 48.60 1.23
Steve Waugh 10927 89 5710/47.58 15/30 79 5217/55.50 17/20 47.74 1.16
Sunil Gavaskar 10122 65 5067/50.16 16/23 60 5055/52.11 18/22 49.94 1.03
Mahela Jayawardene 10030 70 6292/62.92 20/29 57 3738/38.53 9/11 37.26 0.61

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  • Amol_Gh on December 29, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    I'm surprised how people conveniently ignore his absolutely poor averages against ALMOST ALL good-to-great cricketing nations in the article above and point out to some one-off obscure accidental 270+ or some record-holding partnership (which is NOT his alone by the way) in order to justify his so-called 'greatness'(?). The final Stat: Mahela averages the LEAST in AWAY averages and MOST in HOME averages among 10k-getters. That just points to that he just a flat-track bully ...just like Boycott's Grandma could be. As an achiever in MY OWN field (which is not key-board cricketing btw), I value my job but can feel the pain that Mahela isn't and trying to take all cricket-fans (along with SRL-ones) for a ride.

  • Amol_Gh on December 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    onebump: ("None of those key board cricketers who criticise him have achieved anywhere near what he has.") You are comparing apples to oranges. LOL. I'm excellent in own career (Software) and not at all overhyped (by SRL-fans, of course) like the mediocre Jayawardhene is. Anything I deliver anything else than excellent , I'll lose my job. You see ? I'm not as lucky as Mahela.

  • on December 28, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    "To me, on record and on performance he is the best batsman that I have seen from Sri Lanka. He holds his own at the world stage with any of the greats. He's got great touch and great power, great presence of mind and I think as a batsman, for a young kid growing up, his technique and his poise are just remarkable to watch. It's been a great privilege to play with the guy" - Kumar Sangakkara. The Island.

    Congratulations ! Well done ! Keep it up ! May Triple Gems Bless You ! MAHELA JAYAWARDANE.

  • Sinhaya on December 27, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    @Amol_Ind_SA, forgot how Mahela Jayawardena made 270 plus in Ahmedabad in 2009? Forgot the fact that Mahela is a part of the world record for the 3rd and 6th wicket? Admit the fact that Mahela is good batsman and that is why he reached 10,000 runs in tests.

  • onebump on December 27, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    All,

    Mahela Jayawardena has under achieved given the talent he has. Even on 'flat tracks/SSC/sub-continent' to achieve 10k runs is a massive achievement and he has entertained many of us cricket fans. Thats about it. Nothing more to argue. None of those key board cricketers who criticise him have achieved anywhere near what he has.

    I do not understand why the Indian fans get so involved and upset about any thing that is Sri Lankan cricket. Dravid and 10dulkar are great! Ease up guys.... As a whole for a billion population and billions of rupees in your bank account, India has thoroughly under-achieved outside and inside the sub-continent over the history of cricket! That is a fact!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Jayawardena is a great player!

  • Vilander on December 27, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    flat track bully.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    ("Jayawardene, like most Sri Lankan batsmen, has played often against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and profited heavily") This says it all.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Honestly displaying Stats **as they are** by Espncricinfo, has suddenly become a conspiracy against SRL-Bats ??!! Since when ????

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Even Geofrey Boycott's grandma would keep playing against WI and BNG in SSCcolombo and get to 10K runs, just like Jayawardhene did, if that is the only criteria...reaching 10k that is.

  • Amol_Gh on December 29, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    I'm surprised how people conveniently ignore his absolutely poor averages against ALMOST ALL good-to-great cricketing nations in the article above and point out to some one-off obscure accidental 270+ or some record-holding partnership (which is NOT his alone by the way) in order to justify his so-called 'greatness'(?). The final Stat: Mahela averages the LEAST in AWAY averages and MOST in HOME averages among 10k-getters. That just points to that he just a flat-track bully ...just like Boycott's Grandma could be. As an achiever in MY OWN field (which is not key-board cricketing btw), I value my job but can feel the pain that Mahela isn't and trying to take all cricket-fans (along with SRL-ones) for a ride.

  • Amol_Gh on December 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    onebump: ("None of those key board cricketers who criticise him have achieved anywhere near what he has.") You are comparing apples to oranges. LOL. I'm excellent in own career (Software) and not at all overhyped (by SRL-fans, of course) like the mediocre Jayawardhene is. Anything I deliver anything else than excellent , I'll lose my job. You see ? I'm not as lucky as Mahela.

  • on December 28, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    "To me, on record and on performance he is the best batsman that I have seen from Sri Lanka. He holds his own at the world stage with any of the greats. He's got great touch and great power, great presence of mind and I think as a batsman, for a young kid growing up, his technique and his poise are just remarkable to watch. It's been a great privilege to play with the guy" - Kumar Sangakkara. The Island.

    Congratulations ! Well done ! Keep it up ! May Triple Gems Bless You ! MAHELA JAYAWARDANE.

  • Sinhaya on December 27, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    @Amol_Ind_SA, forgot how Mahela Jayawardena made 270 plus in Ahmedabad in 2009? Forgot the fact that Mahela is a part of the world record for the 3rd and 6th wicket? Admit the fact that Mahela is good batsman and that is why he reached 10,000 runs in tests.

  • onebump on December 27, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    All,

    Mahela Jayawardena has under achieved given the talent he has. Even on 'flat tracks/SSC/sub-continent' to achieve 10k runs is a massive achievement and he has entertained many of us cricket fans. Thats about it. Nothing more to argue. None of those key board cricketers who criticise him have achieved anywhere near what he has.

    I do not understand why the Indian fans get so involved and upset about any thing that is Sri Lankan cricket. Dravid and 10dulkar are great! Ease up guys.... As a whole for a billion population and billions of rupees in your bank account, India has thoroughly under-achieved outside and inside the sub-continent over the history of cricket! That is a fact!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Jayawardena is a great player!

  • Vilander on December 27, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    flat track bully.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    ("Jayawardene, like most Sri Lankan batsmen, has played often against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and profited heavily") This says it all.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Honestly displaying Stats **as they are** by Espncricinfo, has suddenly become a conspiracy against SRL-Bats ??!! Since when ????

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Even Geofrey Boycott's grandma would keep playing against WI and BNG in SSCcolombo and get to 10K runs, just like Jayawardhene did, if that is the only criteria...reaching 10k that is.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    chandau: '57' is HUGE number of Tests, especially for Away-Tests. How many more opportunities do you think Mahela should be given to prove his 'talent'(?) outside of SSC Colombo? Yet he's failed outside of SSC Colombo and that's a fact, not an opinion. Look at where Sachin was standing after his career's first tours of ENG(1990) and AUS(1992) at the raw age of 16-18 yrs. Sigh! The 10K group is not respectable anymore.

  • stormy16 on December 27, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Mahela's average away record is a well known thing for a long time but to become the 1st SL and 9th alltime to reach 10,000 is a serious achievement that is not made any less comendable due to his away record. If that was the requirement then lets measure "away" runs only but at this stage cricket measures total runs and not 'away runs'. If one is to qualify the measurement with "away" runs then the opportunity to play away must also be facored in. For example its possible Mahela would have only played 4/5 tests each in SA and Aus over his carrer while Sachin and Dravid are on their 5th (?) full tours to Aus. Also who are the oppositions? For example anyone who played against Eng in the 20 years from 1985 - 2005 would have a great away record and check the Eng batting stats in SL for the same period. For me Mehala's silky touch will be remembers for a long time.

  • timtom on December 27, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Not sure Y some of the readers consider stats as insulting to MJ.. Stats say true story..its not supposed to be taken as be-littling MJ. That he is not good outside sucontinent is a stats proven fact.. His superlative record at home and his exceptional batting elegance masks his otherwise poor records outside home... 10K is no mean acheivement and being only the ninth palyer is all more specia.. Well it is not his fault that he scored those runs and joined elite list of best of the best..Congrats MJ... I wud have loved to see Aravinda in that list..one batsman from SL deserving to be that group....

  • on December 27, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Congrats Jay... one of the most prolific & exceptional batsmen in 10K+ Club of World Test Cricket. He is the 9th 10K+er and 1st Sri Lankan.

    Whatever the stats says... it is his presence and play is what matters most.

    Jay, Many more to score and thanks for all the sportive entertainment.

  • Dam_Nava on December 27, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Dear slakkoju ... I believe you can think much more wisely before you say or comment something. whether a cricketer an Australian or from Afghanistan if achieved some milestone in his cricketing career is a GREAT ACHIEVEMENT. If anyone have not played cricket or any game will not understand greatness of any achievements.

    Well done Mahela .... we know Sanga is behind you waiting to be no.10

  • chandau on December 27, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Would appreciate if CRIKINFO can show the career span of these players as well. e.g. Punter who debuted against Sri lanka in 1996 (if i remember correct) has playerd 159 tests compared to mahela who debuted in 1997 and 127 tests. Also look at Punter's home and away test numbers (86:73) compared to Mahela's (70:57). The fact is ICC's FTP is not favorable to small nations like Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zaland. It's all about the money; bigger countries play more among themselves - OZ, India, Eng. Even SA is not considered good enuf for a 3 test tour for OZ. For all who say Mahela is a flat track bully - well why only 3 others (Indian) in the list? In fact both India and Pakistan have been playing tests way before Sri Lanka so why not many managed to get 10k runs? Whether at home or away it is no mean task to get so many runs and to play long at the highest level. Look at the list; in the next 20 top scorers only Chanders, Sanga, VVS, Shewag, G SMith only current players. Says a lot !

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Muralidharan is a great. Vaas is a great. But SRL-Bats are NOT and never will be if they still isolate themselves from other pitches and confine themselves to SSC Colombo in order to bloat their averages.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    From now onwards, we will have to make 2 distinct columns while displaying stats,: 1. REAL 10k Greats and 2. the imaginary SRL-"greats". LOL. Putting Sanga and Jaya 's names in the same sentences as Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Dravid, Kallis, Lara, Waugh, Border and Ponting will not suddenly transform the former from just mediocre batsmen to some legends like the latter. I don't understand in what world the SRL players (except the greats Murali and Vaas) and their fans live in.

  • anver777 on December 27, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Though most of his runs have come in sub continent i think he's no mean batsman.... scoring 10000 runs is a great achievement in a player's career & we all know only few have achieved it in tests...so he deserves a applause !!! well served for SL cricket !!

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @Author. Here he has written saying that SL is often played with BAN and ZIM so they are profited.Then what about the other batsman.The most profited first two batsman is SRT and RD only not SL batsman.First author should remove all the runs each batsman scored against BAN and ZIM then see all the batsman's away record.You all come to know true picture of batsman.SRT improved his record against SA in the last series.RD did the same against ENG with last tour.It shows how long they needed to improve their away record against those countries.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    ("we saw how good Indian batsman are away from home in England") I'm really tired of these boring sarcastic cliches. May be people who use these type of over-used boring statements weren't born before July 2011 ! LOL. One failure in the whole career doesn't make IND batsmen anything less than great. And one accidental score away from home doesn't make Jayawardhene great. That's a fact, not an opinion. Forget about using 'Statsguru', how people can even ignore the stats listed **IN** the article they are commenting on, really amazes me...the epic ignorance that is. HA.

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    ("36 year's Kallis performance is better than 38 year's Tendulkar") As a fan of both IND and SA, nobody can be fairer than me to both of these geniuses and I say: IND bowlers, except the great Kumble, never had bowling on par with SA/AUS. So Sachin scoring a century against SA/AUS has a lot more value than Kallis scoring one against IND. Sachin never had to face Kumble but Kallis never had to face the greats Donald-Pollock-Ntini-Steyn ! And against the perhaps the greatest line-up of All Time: AUS (McGrath, Warne,etc) Sachin has EXCELLED **even in** AUS. Kallis on the other hand has only been mediocre against them. Even last month I was rooting for Kallis to score at least 2 centuries against AUS against their perhaps weakest line-up in some time. Unfortunately Kallis failed. but his 270+ wickets add to his greatness. But for the reasons I mentioned, to call Kallis better than Tendulkar is an exaggeration. AND PLEASE, age is NEVER even an issue, not only in cricket but elsewhere too !

  • Just_love_it on December 27, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    After analyzing all batsman's home/away runs ,averages, Clearly Sachin n Dravid r way ahead than rest. Lankan fans please accept the fact that Mahela is simply pathetic away. Look at Sachin and Dravids home/away runs, averages,hundreds they r well ahead of all. even Lara/Ponting r ordinary away.

  • on December 27, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    cricinfo should take actions against these writers who insult players of other countries to advertise their players..These kind of stats are shown EVERY TIME when a Sri Lankan achieves something,..Do you think Dravid & Sachin will manage to maintain a 50+average outside India if they toured SA & Aus once in 10 yrs & that too for 2 TEST matches ?Same with Samaraweera who has played only 2 Tests in Australia & 0 in SA before this..Since he improved as a batsman in 2007 he didnt get any chance to play out side..Now he got the chance and today he batted beautifully..@slakkoju - even Gilcrist & Sehwag (the biggest dlat track bullie of all time) too averages low 30s in odis..& Indian ODI pitches are LOT easier to bat than Sri Lankan ones....

  • bMike on December 27, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Mahela might be not the best in terms of away career average but don't forget that he's the only batsman in above list to score a triple century(in addition to Lara). His 374 against South Africa in 2006 is the 4th highest individual score of all time. Only Lara & Hayden have better innings than him in history of cricket. Out of all batsmen in above list Mahela is also the one to score the highest individual score in India. Mahela's 275 in India in 2009 is the highest by any batsmen(who has searched 10000) though some of above batsmen have played 70+ matches in India :) Mahela has also scored most double centuries (after Lara) out of all above batsmen. Hope people who blame Mahela here have forgotten Mahela's century in WC semi finals in 2007(in WI) & century he made in WC finals in 2011. Can a flat track bully play like that? Though most of batsmen in above list are technically perfect I don't see any better elegant stroke player than Mahela among them. Average doesn't tell everything

  • TATTUs on December 27, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    In tests Aravinda Desilva is the greatest SL batsman. Gurusingha too was good. Out of the current crop, Sangakkara is average outside subcontinent and Jayaverdene poor!

    P.S: I am an India just stating a fact. Now jump at me SL fans pointing out the last England tour! And please do check ONLY the last tour. Otherwise you cant hold your argument. ;)

  • on December 27, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    whether you like it or not ,doubt it or not Jayawardne will always be a great,Not only because of his batting but his class, his flamboyance, his gamesmanship and sportsmanship and mainly his spiritual leadership.He play cricket the way it should be played ,sometimes his textbook strokes could result in wickets but indeed a man who succeeds in playing cricket the way it should be played would always be considered a hero and a legend!

  • Sinhaya on December 27, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    I am an ardent Lankan fan and I congratulate Mahela for his achievement! But Sachin and Dravid are better due to their far superior away record. Mahela to be honest has been too mediocre outside the sub continent. Hope he can use this tour of SA, late next year's tour of Australia etc to boost his away average.

  • ssduk on December 27, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Congrats Mahela, To score runs well in out side Sri Lanka you need to have enough matches ist it ??? Mahela toured SA last in 2002 and England 2006. so do you think it fair for a player to score more runs out side Sri Lanka??? If he gets enough like Indians defiantly he will score more runs. This the problems with All lankan players. They can not achieve that land mark like other test playing nations. Mahela is class batsmen and score 100's away accept in SA. So you can-not say pathetic performance. He has proved his class already and those who love cricket rather than insulting other nations loves his batting than any other just because he is rare jem in T20, ODI's and Test matches.....!!!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Well the article is clearly designed to underrate Mahela.We know Mahela's potential and especially his match saving rearguard action centruy in England to save the test match in 2007 showed is character beyond doubt.Statistics don not reflects one's true abilityl and character always and many variables can affect the accuracy of statistics.Overall he appeared to have struggled a bit away from home and so what.His crispy shot selection and delicate dissemination of it is a treat to watch.He showed how technique can be brought to 20/20 during the last t20 world cup.Let us appreciate his hard work.We are ever proud of you Mahela and you have few more records to break.Just go for that .

  • Greecedevil on December 26, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    The fact that he reached the 10k mark itself enough for him to be treated as one of the greats. He did it which thousands of other cricketers couldnt do it. Appreciate the talent my friends, dont try to find a way to insult it.

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    @slakkoju - only Mahela has less average in away tests rest of the asian batsmen have very good average in away tests.

  • slakkoju on December 26, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    For thepPlayers from Asia, it is very difficult to maintain the ratio between the averages of home and away tests, because of the pitches in this continent are favorable for batting. That's why Jayawardhane's numbers are suffered, no doubt he can't be treated as a great batsman (as he averages around 35 in ODI's), but look at the figures of Ponting, I was surprised to see the ratio, is only 0.83!!!!!, he always has a better chance of scoring runs in Asian continent and WI. Now I realize he is also a "tiger at home.....""

  • johnathonjosephs on December 26, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Congrats, scoring 10K runs is no easy feat, but must show disappointment that his away average is horrifying

  • on December 26, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    we saw how good Indian batsman are away from home in England..Unlike other cricketing nations Sri Lanka get very few chances to play out side.Its not Mahela`s fault....For an eg Mahela last played in SA in 2002...Played only 3 TESTS in Australia..Even in these tours SL get only 2 matches normally unlike other teams who get regular tours with 4,5 TESTS..So its so difficult to get used to these conditions..Writers here always insult Sri Lankan players to hide weakness of Indian players who cant play out side home (Sehwag,Ganguly,Sachin,Dhoni & etc) ..thats why he came up wth all these stats..What about Mahela`s ODI record then ? 90% of his 100s are away from home..

  • qpsk123 on December 26, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Why this much of comparison... We can understand what they trying to prove...There are players who bat for their personal goals. We do not need to tell them by names. But everybody should understand no one can achieve this 10,000 mark without their class. Mahela is classy batmen and capable to adjust to any form of cricket. His batting is very attractive than many other listed people. Congrats mahela and you are have a unique talent and no other has that ...

  • on December 26, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    why no one rate Samaraweera as highly as Jayawardene? overall samaraweera's average is more than Jayawardene. People criticize samamraweera because he dont score outside subcontinent, but same is the case with jayawardene, but still he is highly rated.

  • nimper on December 26, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    I can't understand why you guys want to condemn MJ as a mediocre batsman?? Whether home or away, he has scored 10k and only 8 other batsmen have done it? Talking about slow sub-continent wickets, why there are only 3 Indian batsmen (out of hundreds!) and no Pakistani at all? - Nimper

  • the_blue_android on December 26, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    To everyone who doubts SRT's genius, look at his away record folks.

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    According to my opinion, 36 year's South African Jacques Kallis performance is better than 38 year's Indian Sachin Tendulkar, who potentially can break Sachin's records (149 matches, 251 innings, 12036 runs, avg. 56.77 vs 185/303/15183/56.02 avg). The performance of Lankan Kumar Sangakkara (105/176/9170/55.91 avg) is better than his team mate Mahela Jayawardene (127/210/10030/50.91 avg), though both are same age of 34 years. All these are equally great batsmen in our time, hat-off to them.

  • Amol_Gh on December 26, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    What ?! Jayawardene sneaked thro' to 10000 runs ??!! And nobody even noticed ! May because he scored almost all of his runs **inside** Sri Lanka. That's why. By the way, look at his AWAY average where it matters the most: SA, AUS, ENG, NZL, PAK. Just mediocre 30s or even less. Meanwhile averages of The REAL Greats in the very last table really expose the reason why Jayawardene is not and will never be considered a great.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Nice to see, our two (naturally Sachin and Rahul) India batsman are way ahead than all the other batsman in away matches. They are exceptional.

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    It's a no brainer to fathom that Steve Waugh and Allan Border obtained high ratios due to the fact that it's much easier to bat outside Australia. Therefore, it should not be a stat to measure batsmen's consistency. Still, I agree that it reflects the true value of subcontinent batsmen as most of them find it hard to score runs away from home.

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    highly over rated batsman,pathetic away averages

  • Jarr30 on December 26, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    CONGRATS JAYAWARDENE...But If you look at Jayawardene's record, it tells you clearly that he's an AVERAGE batsmen. Almost 8000 runs have come in sub-continent flat tracks.Overall a great personality.

  • Jharsha09 on December 26, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Mahela, Congrats on your amazing achievement. Also, it is never too late to turn things around and to prove to your critics that you can score plenty of runs away. Perhaps, change a little bit of your technique to be able to more comfortably handle bounce and swing. Think Tilan.S did it and it has proven to be fruitful. In the next several series outside the subcontinent, we are sure you will then be able to rack up some hundreds, if not double hundreds. Here's a thought: Break Brian Lara's record (don't forget, you have already scored 384) away from home! Reserve that for your last test! All the best.

  • sanshe1238 on December 26, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    congradulation Mahela! it does not matter where and how you got the runs, you did it in style and we are proud of you.

  • Cannuck on December 26, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Bravo! Congrats MJ. No matter how & where, but scoring 10k runs in any form of cricket is great achievement. We are proud of you, SLs and Maroons!. But I hope you score more runs AWAY from SL in the coming years!!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    One of the most overrated player ever who can only play at home. Look at average in away tests,more than pathetic for a player scored more than 10000 runs.

  • avis1001 on December 26, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Not sure why SL is always good @home than overseas !!!

  • maddinson on December 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    another overhyped batsman because of too many batting wickets in asia

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Mahela .. Great Overall Performance and first ever Sri Lankan to reach 10000 runs in tests ...

  • anuajm on December 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Well, i am a little surprised with the disparity b/w Jaya's home and away tests!! I am sure Sangkarra will have much better figures away from subcontinent!! I still remember his innings in Australia when he brought them to the brink of victory. With the elegance Jaya has, his record is abysmally poor!! I am sure he would be looking to improve his record now that SL are getting more matches outside of sub continent!! To all those cricitcs that these players have score a lot against BD, not their fault at all. Who would not want free lunches!! BD shouldn't have been a test team at first place!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Congratulations Mahela....

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    The most overrated batsmen of all time.

  • AnotherCricketFan on December 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Comparing the 'traditional' avg of cricket, where the not outs are not considered, is misleading. In case of Sachin, he has been given more at-bat abroad than India, logically he has more chances to score higher and skew his failures. Compare that with Kallis or Ponting (or Border, Waugh) who all tend to have a better away average.

    Surprisingly, Gavaskar fares well in your analysis in away vs home. But one has to agree, Jayawardene is another flat track bully!

    The point is - data can be 'interpreted' to project someone the way one wants. These type of articles once used to fire me up - not makes one yaaawn.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 26, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    cleary we can see in the last table sachin , dravid , gavaskar 's home average & away average are almost same . great indian batsmen .

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  • rahulcricket007 on December 26, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    cleary we can see in the last table sachin , dravid , gavaskar 's home average & away average are almost same . great indian batsmen .

  • AnotherCricketFan on December 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Comparing the 'traditional' avg of cricket, where the not outs are not considered, is misleading. In case of Sachin, he has been given more at-bat abroad than India, logically he has more chances to score higher and skew his failures. Compare that with Kallis or Ponting (or Border, Waugh) who all tend to have a better away average.

    Surprisingly, Gavaskar fares well in your analysis in away vs home. But one has to agree, Jayawardene is another flat track bully!

    The point is - data can be 'interpreted' to project someone the way one wants. These type of articles once used to fire me up - not makes one yaaawn.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    The most overrated batsmen of all time.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Congratulations Mahela....

  • anuajm on December 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Well, i am a little surprised with the disparity b/w Jaya's home and away tests!! I am sure Sangkarra will have much better figures away from subcontinent!! I still remember his innings in Australia when he brought them to the brink of victory. With the elegance Jaya has, his record is abysmally poor!! I am sure he would be looking to improve his record now that SL are getting more matches outside of sub continent!! To all those cricitcs that these players have score a lot against BD, not their fault at all. Who would not want free lunches!! BD shouldn't have been a test team at first place!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Mahela .. Great Overall Performance and first ever Sri Lankan to reach 10000 runs in tests ...

  • maddinson on December 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    another overhyped batsman because of too many batting wickets in asia

  • avis1001 on December 26, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Not sure why SL is always good @home than overseas !!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    One of the most overrated player ever who can only play at home. Look at average in away tests,more than pathetic for a player scored more than 10000 runs.

  • Cannuck on December 26, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Bravo! Congrats MJ. No matter how & where, but scoring 10k runs in any form of cricket is great achievement. We are proud of you, SLs and Maroons!. But I hope you score more runs AWAY from SL in the coming years!!!