Sri Lanka cricket

Jayawardene approaches 400th ODI milestone

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 11, 2013

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Mahela Jayawardene lofts over extra cover for four, India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Kingston, July 2, 2013
Mahela Jayawardene is the only cricketer to have played more than 100 successive ODIs in two separate streaks © AFP

  • 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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Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA 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

Posted by yohandf1984 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 .

Posted by 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.

Posted by mark2011 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..

Posted by subhaas 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

Posted by DingDong420 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

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 12, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

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

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist 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.

Posted by NP_NY 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).

Posted by   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..

Posted by Sunfestive on (July 12, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Jayawardene would not be playing this long had he been in a different country. His average and strike rate belongs to an all rounder not a single-dimensional batsman. He is not great, Sri Lanka is poor.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

mahela's scenario's completely opposite to sehwags: sehwag was a middle order player asked to open because of lack of openers, while mahela was a brilliant opener asked to bat at middle order because of a strong top order with likes of sanga and jayasuria. One can just imagine how well those two players would have done had they been batting in their preferred position.

Posted by nellaiseemai on (July 12, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

@Roshrosh Mahela is a great player no doubt. Dont insult other players. Taking 200 catches as a slip fielder in 400 matches is not enough to raise him to "elite" status. See the below stats. Scoring 100 in WC final is not important but winning WC is! See the data below for Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, DeSilva, Ponting, Sachin, Dravid and Sangakara. Jayawardene must look bad if this is futher split in to home and away. Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St (MJ) ODIs 400 374 38 11259 144 33.50 14331 78.56 16 70 975 67 201 0 (SJ) ODIs 445 433 18 13430 189 32.36 14725 91.20 28 68 1500 270 123 0 (AS) ODIs 308 296 30 9284 145 34.90 11443 81.13 11 64 95 0 (RP) ODIs 375 365 39 13704 164 42.03 17046 80.39 30 82 1231 162 160 0 (ST) ODIs 463 452 41 18426 200* 44.83 21367 86.23 49 96 2016 195 140 0 (RD) ODIs 344 318 40 10889 153 39.16 15284 71.24 12 83 950 42 196

Posted by Smiling on (July 12, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

Congratulations Mahela. You're a credit to your family, to your country and a hell of a nice guy. World cricket is all the better for having you in it. Well done and may we be blessed to see you playing for a while longer yet.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

I hope mahila jaya atleast wins this celkon cup before retiring........

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

@rajeshj-Even if sachin would have retired 5 years back,mahila would not have been anywhere close...........

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

In my view Mahela is a top draw when it comes down to his technique, preparation and simply the way he goes about his business. He is a great inspirational leader and very astute thinking captain. As an indian cricket fan, I know, he is very highly regarded as a player and as a captain in India. He is genuinely very humble man. For what it's worth, he will go down as one of the greats, not only in Sri Lanka cricket but in the world cricket.

May I also say that Sanga is in the same draw....these two SL guys, yes have carried SL cricket in recent years - both very highly talented & regarded, as they should be. I wish them both well and hope long may it continuous!!

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Congratulations Mahela for playing the 400th one day today.You are one of the most stylish player from asia like Rahul Dravid.I salute to your great career.Go ahead you are still young and I really admire your class.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (July 11, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Well . Played Mahela. Congratulations from India.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

congrats Mahela.on achieving another milestone.Hope u will play a match winning knock are our on of the cricket legend as sanath and sanga.......

Posted by yohandf1984 on (July 11, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

What a player ! . he has carried the sri lanka cricket tag along with Sanga for almost a decade . Technically accomplished batsmen , acrobatic fielder , tactful captain & articulate character both on & off field . good luck and score big today . want him to play till 2015 . also like to see him and Sanga batting down the order to expose youngsters to pressure .

Posted by jikol on (July 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

@ SLChucky, well said he is a true legend!im too very interested to see mahela as a coaching legend too to SL and Sanga in the commentary box.

Posted by SLChucky on (July 11, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

No words to explain his service to the cricket world. for me he is a lord of bat also his partner Sanga. these two are gifts to world which help people to discover there undiscovered happiness. for any youngster he is the book of technique and his class of making strokes is so unbelievable how he keeping the balance needed. if you compare mahela or sanga to any other players except players like ponting and clarke for aus, though the only few balls they face they are so interesting to see though they play or defend or leave there is class and coming to watch a match is so worth looking at these guys unless if you watching dhoni making a century theres nothing left in mind though only100 in digits. so class is class! i hope SL cricket has bright future with mahela and sanga coming to coaching stuff in future! hats off to you legend wish you good luck and hope you bring a fabulous century today to celebrate this milestone!

Posted by Raman.UV on (July 11, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

MJ has a great record in subcontinent in both ODI and test but outside subcontinent he is just av average player without much impact on pacy and green pitch. No doubt he is a great player but just in good batting condition like Asian pitches..... Only Sanga and Arvinda De Silva are the greatest players of all time who had performed in every conditions consistently and stats proves this as we can see MJ record in Australia South Africa and English condition.

Posted by Rajeshj on (July 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Congrats Mahela on your longevity and achieving this milestone.. Please don't dream of playing till 500 ODIs.. because Sachin might come out of his ODI retirement to make sure he retires after you retire...

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Hail a champion cricketer, awesome tactician, brilliant leader and a great human being. Pure cricket Royalty!

Posted by AnkushDeshmukh on (July 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

@ Narbavi bang on target! An average of 33 is certainly not elite list material! Unless ofcourse ur a Jayasuriya who has a 90+ strike rate with a sub 33 average. Jayawardene is a Sri Lankan cricket legend. Not an international legend like the players you mentioned.

Posted by ajithabey on (July 11, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Congrats Mahela on achieving another milestone in your illustrious career. Hope you will cap it off in style by playing a winning role in today's game.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@Narbavi-From you socalled elite list only Ponting has a hundred in an world cup final. As Roshrosh correctly said MJ doesn't deserve to be on your list. He's far better than that..

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Dear Narbavi, You have forgotten something here. Expect from lara all other batsman who are in your "elite" kind of list , are openers or one downs. Mahela is always a middle order batman. So his innings are most of the time under pressure and in case of that, his avg is really good one and acceptable one. If you really want to compare him with those batsman in your list, You want to check out mahela's avg when he opens. That is why I love and respect for MS Dhoni even though I am a lankan, because he might not have pleasant batting technique to see like the guys in your list, But it is all about how he absorbs the pressure, performs under the pressure, it is truly amazing. Look at his avg as a middle order batsman truly amazing. Mahela is a true living legend. He should always be in the elite list.

Posted by roshrosh on (July 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@ Narbavi... Please don't add MJ's name to "your list of elite layers". It will be an insult for the player. A man with more than 10000 runs in both formats and with more than 200 catches does not deserve to be in your list. Correct.... Go watch another sport man...

Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

He can be called as legend of touch shots, he would have been idol of Srilankan cricket if SL had won that 2011 WC where he scored attractive-classy century!!!! But time is arrived for him to leave the squad as youngsters are still in thought that "we have sanga and mahela to look after, our role is only to play around them". So it would be nice if mahela and sanga leave team and can be continued as coaching material to SL team!!!! That will bring a lot of change in SL cricket...

Posted by welovepakistan on (July 11, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

hats off to jaywardne.....pure legend!

Posted by Narbavi on (July 11, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

A legend without a doubt, but can't add his name to that 'elite' list which boasts of names like sachin, rahul, ponting, kallis, lara, and well i can go on and add few names too, but the point is since he has an average of 33 which isn't legendary enough to be compared with that elite list!!

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