Sri Lanka cricket July 11, 2013

Jayawardene approaches 400th ODI milestone

ESPNcricinfo staff
Mahela Jayawardene will become the second Sri Lankan to appear in 400 ODIs when he plays the tri-series final against India

  • The tri-series final against India in Trinidad will be Mahela Jayawardene's 400th ODI. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya have played more games.

  • Jayawardene is the only player to have played 100 consecutive ODIs in two separate streaks. He played 119 successive games between May 1999 and March 2003, and 122 matches without missing one between November 2005 and December 2009. Russell Arnold is the only other Sri Lankan to have appeared in 100 consecutive ODIs.

  • Jayawardene has played 57% of Sri Lanka's ODIs - 394 out of 692 matches. Since 1999, he has played 387 out of 409 ODIs for Sri Lanka - 95% over a 14-and-a-half-year period.

  • Jayawardene's 2436 runs against India is the seventh highest aggregate for a batsman against a particular country. Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara have scored more runs against India.

  • Jayawardene has a century at every position from No. 1 to No. 5 in ODIs. Neither Jayasuriya nor Sangakkara, who are ahead of Jayawardene's 11237 on the run charts, have that.

  • The 5312 partnership runs Jayawardene has with Sangakkara is the most for any non-opening pair, and the fourth highest overall.

  • Jayawardene's catch of Shikhar Dhawan in the previous game at Queen's Park Oval was his 200th in ODIs. He is the only person to reach that landmark. The next active player with the most ODI catches is Younis Khan with 126.

  • Jayawardene has only 19 Man-of-the-Match awards despite playing 399 ODIs, the sixth highest for a Sri Lankan.

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  • ANIRBAN on July 15, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    MAHELA is definitely one of the greats in the history of ODIs simply becoz he has scored more than 11000 ODI runs and has already survived 400 ODIs in 15 yrs (1998 to till date).... that takes some beating!!!!!.. that means almost 27 ODIs per year on avg for over 15 yrs!!!!! one has to admit his fitness.. ok his avg (33+) might not be right up there with the greats of ODIs like sachin or richards or other all time greats in ODIs and also the strike rate considering these days where 85+ batting strike rate is bare minimum to be good batsman (mahela's 78.54 over 400 matches).. but still to play 400 ODIs is special.. only 2 others in the history of almost 3400 ODIs in 40 odd yrs had done it in past (to play more than 400 ODIs) is the testimonial of the fact.. so even though his avg might not look luckrative at all, but 11000+ in 400 ODIs with 33-34 avg with close to 80 strike rate puts him definitely in one of the greats in ODI history. In line, Sanga who will be playing his 350th on 20th

  • Yohan on July 14, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @ Lancia - Do you mean ta say Sabina park is a flat track where he smashed indian bowlers . how about 2007 semi final in west indies . well he has scored more in sub continent where he plays and familiar more . yet he is not a flat track bully . the real flat track bully has been replaced by srikar dhawan now .

  • lancia71 on July 14, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Mahela, is an above average player and certainly not a legend. He would have struggled to break into any of the top sides consistently. I think these days the words "Legend and Great" have been misused a lot. But certainly he has been one of the best Flat Track Bullies of the last decade or so.

  • mark on July 13, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    No doubt that Mahela Jayawarden is a Legend...a 3rd person to complete 400 ODI in world cricket and 2nd player from the beautiful tiny little Island of Sri Lanka... a country that has made wonders in world cricket.

    He is all about beauty,stylish and pure class of highest level on and off the game yet He is a great human being and down to earth person..

  • subhash on July 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @mahila jaywardene is just an above average player look at his average just 33 strike rate below 75 ,if he has avg 33 strike rate 90 like jayasurya then anyone consider him legend without any doubt,but he doesnt have avg nor strike rate,he can't get a place with this avg and strike rate in india,so he is miles behind legend tag,even he never get a place in ic rankingc top 10 batsaman of odi and test ,so he may be he is an legend for his srilankan fans,but for anyone who have cricketing he is an great player but miles behind legend

  • Dal on July 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    A good player, not a great player, Lanka not looking good when Mahela and Sanga hang up their boots

  • Rahul on July 12, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    A player with an average of less than 35 is an ordinary player in my book

  • Srinivas on July 12, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Congratulations to Mahela for nearing 400 ODIs. A very good player who is a bit over-rated IMO.

  • N on July 12, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @Narbavi: Mahela is a good test batsman and technically pleasing to watch. If you look at him from a SL perspective, he along with Sanga has carried the team through a decade. So from their perspective he is a legend. But I agree with you, he is easily a couple of levels below the players you mentioned. With a one-day average of 33 as a number 3 batsman, he wouldn't have made it into a team like India (in ODIs).

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    In my honest view, he may be the Laxman of Sri Lanka.. Easily pleasing the eyes & makes batting look all but easy.. But I differ in my opinion when people say he has the best technique & greatest player from Lankan soil.. He has been an astute & inspirational skipper, pleasing drives he possess no doubt, but the opposition never really fears when he is on the pitch (except for SSC pitch or Galle pitch).. Sri Lanka's technically perfect player is always Sanga & most feared players were Jayasuriya & Aravindha De Silva..

    But hats off to his new age aggression during his reins as captain, it is being clearly seen today.. He has done the same what Saurav Ganguly has done to Indian cricket..