Mahela Jayawardene

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Mahela Jayawardene
මහේල ජයවර්ධන
Mahela Jayawardene 2.jpg
Personal information
Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born (1977-05-27) 27 May 1977 (age 37)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Maiya
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting style right hand batsman
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 69) 2 August 1997 v India
Last Test 14 – 18 August 2014 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 92) 24 January 1998 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 16 November 2014 v India
ODI shirt no. 27
T20I debut 15 June 2006 v England
Last T20I 6 April 2014 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995–present Sinhalese Sports Club
2007–present Wayamba Elevens
2008 Derbyshire
2008–2010 Kings XI Punjab
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2012–2014 Delhi Daredevils
2012–present Wayamba United
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 149 426 237 519
Runs scored 11,814 12,036 17,838 14,561
Batting average 49.84 33.15 49.68 33.39
100s/50s 34/50 17/75 51/80 18/91
Top score 374 144 374 163*
Balls bowled 589 582 3,001 1,269
Wickets 6 7 52 23
Bowling average 51.66 79.71 31.32 49.60
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/32 2/56 5/72 3/25
Catches/stumpings 205/– 206/– 305/– 251/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 16 November 2014

Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene (Sinhala: දෙනගමගේ ප්‍රබොත් මහේල ද සිල්වා ජයවර්ධන; born 27 May 1977), known as Mahela Jayawardene, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman.

Jayawardene made his Test cricket debut in 1997 and his One Day International (ODI) debut the following season. In 2006 he made the highest ever score by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket, scoring 374 in the second Test of Sri Lanka's home series against South Africa. He has a test cricket average of over 50 and a One Day average in the 30s. He is the first player in the history of Sri Lankan cricket to score over 10,000 Test runs. Despite his relatively low ODI average, Jayawardene is considered to be one of the best batsmen produced by Sri Lanka and is generally held in high regard as a legend of the modern game along with team-mate Kumar Sangakkara. He is one of only three Sri Lankans—the others being Sanath Jayasuriya and Sangakkara—to have scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Along with teammate Sangakkara, he recorded for the most partnership runs for the 3rd wicket in Tests, scoring 5890 runs surpassing 5826 run stand of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, during the first test macth against Pakistan at Galle International Stadium, which was his last test at the venue. He scored 56 runs at that match, where his counterpart scored 221 runs.

Jayawardene was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

In 2006, Jayawardene was named by the International Cricket Council as the best international captain of the year and he was nominated in 2007 as the best Test cricket player of the year. He is also known for his fielding skills in the inner ring, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the most number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the fifth highest run-out/match ratio in ODI's.[1] Statistics also reveal that c Jayawardene b Muralitharan is the most common bowler-fielder combination in the history of Test cricket.

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to Pakistan for a Test series in March–April 2009. The series was conducted after the Indian team withdrew from playing in Pakistan, following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The first Test ended in a draw. Even though he scored a double century in the first Test, Jayawardene was to resign from captaincy after the second Test in the series. Sri Lanka was in a good position in the Test with Thilan Samaraweera hitting his second successive double hundred of the series and Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring a century. On their way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day's play, the bus that carried the Sri Lankan players was fired at by 12 masked gunmen. Jayawardene, along with six other Sri Lankan cricketers sustained injuries. Six policemen that guarded the bus and two civilians were killed in the attack.[2] He resigned from vice-captaincy after the team's World Cup defeat. He was appointed as captain again after Tillakaratne Dilshan's controversial captaincy. He was the captain of Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League.[3] He now plays for the Delhi Daredevils as captain.[4] He won the Spirit of Cricket Award 2013.[5] This was the second instance of him winning this award.

On 25 February 2014 in an Asia Cup fixture against Pakistan, Mahela Jayawardene became only the 2nd cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to appear in 600 international matches.[6]


Early and domestic career[edit]

Jayawardene was educated at one of the most prestigious schools of Sri Lanka, Nalanda College Colombo. At early age Mahela's father, Mr Senerath Jayawardene introduced him to Lionel Coaching Clinic run by Nondescripts Cricket Club in Cinnamon Gardens.[7] It was there that he learned to play cricket. Mahel captained Nalanda College Colombo first XI cricket team in 1994. He developed his talents through the school cricket team, eventually becoming captain. He was runner-up for the best schoolboy cricketer award during the 1994 cricketing season.

Domestically he has played for Sinhalese Sports Club since 1995. He was signed to play as an overseas player for Derbyshire for the first half of the 2008 English cricket season. However, his commitments to Sri Lanka and involvement in the Indian Premier League prevented him from playing any part in the 2008 county season.[8]

International career[edit]

Mahela Jayawardene is the 69th Sri Lanka Test Cap, having made his debut against India at Colombo in 1997. Jayawardene made his Test debut in the record breaking Test in 1997 against India at R.P.S., Colombo. Jayawardene added 66 to Sri Lanka's first innings score of 952/6, the highest Test score ever. He was at the crease when the previous highest Test score was surpassed. Early in his career he scored 167 against New Zealand and 242 against India.

Jayawardene's One Day International debut was against Zimbabwe at Premadasa in January 1998. Sri Lanka won the match, with Jayawardene hitting the winning run. In the next game Jayawardene scored 74. It took only 11 matches before he scored his first century, which was against England in the Carlton and United World Series game at Adelaide. Jayawardene entered a pressure situation, with Sri Lanka struggling at 134/4 in the run chase, but made an innings of 120 runs to win the match. The match is notable for Ross Emerson's no-balling of Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing, which led the Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to lead his team to the edge of the field and consider walking out of the match, as well as physical shoulder-barging by some players.

Jayawardene was the captain of the Sri Lankan national team during the England tour in 2006 in the absence of Marvan Atapattu. He led his team to 1–1 draw in the Test series and an emphatic 5–0 whitewash in the ODI series.

Jayawardene's results in international matches[9]
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test[10] 138 53 44 41 0
ODI[11] 407 219 168 3 17
T20I[12] 49 32 16 1

In the first Test of the 2006 Test series against South Africa, Jayawardene shared a world record partnership of 624 runs alongside Kumar Sangakkara. This partnership, the highest for any wicket in first-class cricket history, and the first instance of a stand of 600 or more in a first-class or Test match innings, smashed the previous third wicket stance for Sri Lanka, surpassing 262 which involved himself along with Thilan Samaraweera. It also broke the previous record for the third wicket for all Test playing nations surpassing the 467 run partnership made by the New Zealanders Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones.

Jayawardene became the first Sri Lankan captain to score a Test triple-century, making 374 off 572 deliveries with 43 fours and 1 six, the fourth highest individual innings score in Test match cricket and the highest by a right-hander. He is also the first batsman to pass 350 in a Test without going on to break the world record. He also surpassed the highest score by a Sri Lankan in a Test match, previously Sanath Jayasuriya's 340 in 1997 against India, coincidentally also produced in a world record partnership.

He was also chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Jayawardene hit one century and four half-centuries and was the second highest run-scorer in the list topped by Australia's Matthew Hayden. His century, which came against New Zealand helped Sri Lanka win the Semi-Final. Sri Lanka finished runners-up in the World Cup losing to Australia in the final..

He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations. He achieved this feat on the 21st February 2009 by scoring his maiden Test century against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan.

Mahela is the Recipient of International Cricket Council's "Captain of the Year 2006" inaugural award, Captain of the "World One-Day International Team of the Year 2006", Captain of the "Spirit of Cricket Award 2007" Team, Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2007, Record holder for the highest score (374 runs) by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket. He retired from the captaincy due to lack of form and politics in the board.

However, he regained some form during the IPL 2010. Before starting their chase of 201 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders, Jayawardene expressed his desire to open the innings to captain Kumar Sangakkara. Sangakkara agreed to his fellow countrymate and Jayawardene scored a blazing 110* off just 59 balls winning them the match in the second last over. Sangakkara, impressed my his teammate set him as opener for the Kings XI Punjab. He scored a few more entertaining knocks in vain including 44 against the Rajasthan Royals and 93* against the Deccan Chargers. He ended the tournament with a batting average of 43.90. He was the 6th highest run scorer for the tournament and highest for the Kings XI Punjab.

Jayawardene batting in a Test match for Sri Lanka in 2008

With Kumar Sangakkara as the Sri Lankan Captain too, Jaywardene was sent as opener for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. In the first match against New Zealand, he scored 81 off just 51 balls. However, this knock went in vain due to the collapse in the Sri Lankan batting line-up after his wicket fell which resulted in a total of only 135 on board batting first. However, in his very next match against Zimbabwe, he scored 100 of just 64 balls helping them win the match helping them win the match defending a total of 173. He thus became the 4th player to get a century in an International Twenty20 Game and the first Sri Lankan to do so. Sri Lanka won the match by D/L method. In the very next match against West Indies, he scored 98* off just 56 balls narrowly missing his second century in a row. This became his third consecutive score above 80.

During the second Test of Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa in 2011–12, Jayawardene became the ninth player in cricket history, and the first Sri Lankan, to score 10,000 Test runs.[13] At the end of the tour he was reappointed as Sri Lanka's captain, following the resignation of Tillakaratne Dilshan.[14]

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2012 World Twenty20 Cup against the West Indies on home turf. Having restricted the Windies to 137/6, Sri Lanka were steadily making progress in chasing down the target with Jayawardene well set. Halfway through their innings, captain Jayawardene noticed that the West Indies were slightly ahead on Duckworth/Lewis with a hint of rain in the air. He subsequently panicked and triggered a collapse as the rain never came and Sri Lanka fell a long way short of the target. He resigned as Sri Lanka's T20 captain after the match and in 2014 also announced his retirement from T20 cricket.[15]

Jayawardene has 22 centuries in Sri Lanka.

He holds the record for most number of catches in ODIs, taking 204 catches in 415[16] innings.

On 14 July 2014, Mahela Jayawarnene announced the retirement from test cricket after the 2014 Pakistan series.[17] He played his final test at his most favourite ground Sinhalese Sports Club, where he scored 54 runs in his last test innings. The ground was set with thousands of Mahela's tributes by the fans, as well as Cricket boards. One quote by Russell Arnold, said that Legends will never retire, proving Mahela's great loss to test cricket.

Personal life[edit]

Mahela was born to Sunila and Senerath Jayawardene at Colombo in 1977. He had one younger brother, Dhishal who died of a brain tumour, aged 16. This affected Jayawardene psychologically, halting his cricket career for some time. Eventually he was persuaded to go on and set about rebuilding his career by his parents and teammates.

He is married to Christina Mallika Sirisena, a travel consultant.

Off the field, he has won praise for his personal contribution to the HOPE cancer project.[18] With memories of Dhishal in mind, he became the leading campaigner of HOPE. Now, with the support of his team-mates, he aims to build a new 750-bed cancer unit at Maharagama, the country's only dedicated cancer hospital.

Player statistics[edit]

Career Performance[edit]

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Jayawardene's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Test performance against each opponent[edit]

As of 18 August 2014, until his retirement from tests:

Opponent Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average
 Australia 16 29 0 969 105 2 5 33.41
 Bangladesh 13 17 2 1146 203* 5 2 76.40
 England 23 41 3 2212 213* 8 10 65.87
 India 18 28 1 1822 275 6 8 67.48
 New Zealand 13 22 1 1028 167 3 6 48.95
 Pakistan 29 55 3 1687 240 2 10 32.44
 South Africa 17 32 1 1782 374 6 2 57.48
 West Indies 12 18 1 748 136 1 4 44.00
 Zimbabwe 8 10 3 420 100* 1 3 60.00
TOTAL 149 252 15 11814 374 34 50 51.45


Mahela has 34 test, 17 ODI and 1 T20I centuries.


Mahela has 50 Test, 75 ODI and 9 T20I half-centuries.

International records[edit]

Bold ones are world records.

  • Highest partnership for any wicket in Tests – 624 for the third wicket by Kumar Sangakkara (287) & Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006.[citation needed]
  • Highest partnership for the fourth wicket in Tests – 437 by Mahela Jayawardena and Thilan Samaraweera against Pakistan in 2009.[citation needed]
  • Most partnership runs for the third wicket in Tests – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena ( scored 5890 runs )[citation needed]
  • He holds record for the highest runs scored on a single ground in Tests where he scored 2921 runs at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.[citation needed]
  • "b Muralitharan c Jayawardene" is the most common bowler-fielder combination in the history of Test cricket (77).[citation needed]
  • He holds the record for the second highest number of catches in Tests with 206 catches in 423 matches.[citation needed]
  • Highest individual score in Tests by a Sri Lankan – 374 runs against South Africa in 2006.[citation needed]
  • He is the first Sri Lankan and third overall to achieve hundreds in all forms of the game.[citation needed]
  • Most Run Outs Effected (since 1999 World Cup, first player credited in run out) – ODIs with 23 times.[citation needed]


Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in England Test Series 2002 272 (3 Matches, 6 Innings); 2 Ct. England Won the series 2–0
2 England in Sri Lanka Test Series 2007/08 474 (3 Matches, 4 Innings); 5 Ct. Sri Lanka Won the series 1–0

Test Cricket – Man of the match awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – New Zealand in Sri Lanka 1997 1st Innings – 167 (4x18)
2nd Innings – 1 Ct.
Sri Lanka Won by 16 runs
2 2nd Test- Asian Test Championship 1998/99 1st Innings – 242 (4x30, 6x2) Match drawn
3 1st Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka 2004 1st Innings – 237 (4x25, 6x3); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings – 5; 1 Ct.
Match drawn
4 2nd Test – Sri Lanka in England 2006 1st Innings – 61 (4x9); 2 Ct.
2nd Innings – 119 (4x12)
Match drawn
5 1st Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka 2006 1st Innings – 374 (4x43, 6x1)
2nd Innings – 1 Ct.
Sri Lanka Won by 153 runs
6 2nd Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka 2006 1st Innings – 13 (4x2); 2 Ct.
2nd Innings – 123 (4x11, 6x2)
Sri Lanka Won by 1 wicket
7 2nd Test – England in Sri Lanka 2007/08 1st Innings – 195 (4x16, 6x1); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings – 1 Ct.
Match drawn
8 3rd Test – England in Sri Lanka 2007/08 1st Innings – 213* (4x25); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings – 2 Ct.; Run out 1
Match drawn
9 2nd Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 1st Innings – 165 (4x17, 6x1);
2nd Innings – 2 Ct.
Match drawn

One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Khaleej Times Trophy (Pak, SL, Zim) in UAE 2001/02 252 (6 Matches); 2 Catches Pakistan Won final by 5 wickets
2 Indian Oil Cup (Ind, SL, WI) in Sri Lanka 2005 230 (5 Matches); 1 Catch Sri Lanka Won final by 18 runs
3 Warid Series (Pak, SL) in UAE 2007 162 (3 Matches) Pakistan Won the series 2–1
4 Afro-Asia Cup (Asia XI, Africa XI) in India 2007 217 (3 Matches); 1 Catch Asia XI Won the series 3–0

One-Day International Cricket – Man of the Match Awards[edit]

Runs Against City/Country Venue Result Year
1 120 England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval  Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket 1999
2 101 Pakistan Visakhapatnam, India Indira Priyadarshini Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 12 runs 1999
3 101* England Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 66 runs 2001
4 116 New Zealand Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 106 runs 2001
5 63 Zimbabwe Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 79 runs 2001
6 96 Zimbabwe Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 59 runs 2001
7 106* West Indies Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets 2001
8 94* India Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets 2005
9 83 India Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 18 runs 2005
10 50 Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground  Sri Lanka won by 88 runs 2005
11 126* England Chester-le-Street, England Riverside Ground  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets 2006
12 100 England Manchester, England Old Trafford  Sri Lanka won by 33 runs 2006
13 115 New Zealand Jamaica, West Indies Sabina Park  Sri Lanka won by 81 runs 2007 (World Cup Semi Final)
14 100 Canada Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 210 runs 2011 ICC World Cup[19]
15 144 England Leeds, England Headingley Stadium  Sri Lanka won by 69 runs 2011
16 84* Australia Kennington, England Oval  Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets 2013
17 118 India Hyderabad, India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium  India won by 6 wickets 2014

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  15. ^ "Jayawardene Announce Retirement from T20 Cricket". 2014-03-17. 
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  17. ^ "Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Tests". Patrika. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
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Preceded by
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Sri Lankan national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Angelo Mathews
Preceded by
Marvan Atapattu
Sri Lankan national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Kumar Sangakkara