Mahela Jayawardene      

Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene

Born May 27, 1977, Colombo

Current age 37 years 183 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 149 252 15 11814 374 49.84 22959 51.45 34 50 1387 61 205 0
ODIs 428 401 38 12036 144 33.15 15345 78.43 17 74 1055 70 211 0
T20Is 55 55 8 1493 100 31.76 1121 133.18 1 9 173 33 17 0
First-class 237 383 24 17838 374 49.68 51 80 305 0
List A 519 485 49 14561 163* 33.39 18 91 256 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 149 22 589 310 6 2/32 2/32 51.66 3.15 98.1 0 0 0
ODIs 428 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 237 3001 1629 52 5/72 31.32 3.25 57.7 1 0
List A 519 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 Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Jan 24, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI India v Sri Lanka at Ranchi, Nov 16, 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 Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1995/96
Last List A India v Sri Lanka at Ranchi, Nov 16, 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
32 Sri Lanka v India Ranchi 16 Nov 2014 ODI # 3547
2 Sri Lanka v India Kolkata 13 Nov 2014 ODI # 3544
118 Sri Lanka v India Hyderabad (Deccan) 9 Nov 2014 ODI # 3543
4 Sri Lanka v India Ahmedabad 6 Nov 2014 ODI # 3540
43 Sri Lanka v India Cuttack 2 Nov 2014 ODI # 3539
33 Sri Lankans v India A Mumbai (BS) 30 Oct 2014 Other OD
26 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Dambulla 30 Aug 2014 ODI # 3519
67 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 26 Aug 2014 ODI # 3515
63 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 23 Aug 2014 ODI # 3512
4, 54 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (SSC) 14 Aug 2014 Test # 2136
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 323. 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)
    This week's Top Performer is Mahela Jayawardene
  • 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)
    Charlie Austin on Mahela Jayawardene, one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year for 2007
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Latest Photos

Nov 26, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene swivels on a pull, Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Colombo, November 26, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene swivels on a pull

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Nov 16, 2014

R Ashwin appeals successfully for the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene, India v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Ranchi, November 16, 2014

R Ashwin appeals successfully for the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene

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Nov 16, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene pulls during his 32, India v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Ranchi, November 16, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene pulls during his 32

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2007

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2013

Tour Results
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele - Mar 31, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 17 runs
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele - Mar 28, 2013
Bangladesh won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Hambantota - Mar 25, 2013
No result
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Hambantota - Mar 23, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 32 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS) - Mar 16-19, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
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