|Full name||Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene|
27 May 1977 |
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 69)||2 August 1997 v India|
|Last Test||27–31 January 2014 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 92)||24 January 1998 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||08 March 2014 v Pakistan|
|ODI shirt no.||27|
|T20I debut||15 June 2006 v England|
|Last T20I||6 April 2014 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|1995–present||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|2008–2010||Kings XI Punjab|
|2011||Kochi Tuskers Kerala|
|Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 22 March 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 an 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.
Jayawardene was a key member of the team that won the 2014 World T20 aswell as the team that made the finals of the 2007 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup and 2012 World T20.
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. 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. 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. He now plays for the Delhi Daredevils as captain. He won the Spirit of Cricket Award 2013. This was the second instance of him winning this award.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Awards
- 5 Product and brand endorsements
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early and domestic career
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 Mendis Coaching Clinic run by Nondescripts Cricket Club in Cinnamon Gardens. 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.
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|
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.
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. At the end of the tour he was reappointed as Sri Lanka's captain, following the resignation of Tillakaratne Dilshan.
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.
Jayawardene has 22 centuries in Sri Lanka.
He holds the record for most number of catches in ODIs, taking 201 catches in 400 innings.
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. 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.
Test performance against each opponent
As of 5 December 2010:
|Opponent||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average|
Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
|1||Sri Lanka in England Test Series||2002||272 (3 Matches, 6 Innings); 2 Ct.||Won the series 2–0|
|2||England in Sri Lanka Test Series||2007/08||474 (3 Matches, 4 Innings); 5 Ct.||Won the series 1–0|
Test Cricket – Man of the match awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
|1||1st Test – New Zealand in Sri Lanka||1997||1st Innings – 167 (4x18)
2nd Innings – 1 Ct.
|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.
|4||2nd Test – Sri Lanka in England||2006||1st Innings – 61 (4x9); 2 Ct.
2nd Innings – 119 (4x12)
|5||1st Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka||2006||1st Innings – 374 (4x43, 6x1)
2nd Innings – 1 Ct.
|Won by 153 runs|
|6||2nd Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka||2006||1st Innings – 13 (4x2); 2 Ct.
2nd Innings – 123 (4x11, 6x2)
|Won by 1 wicket|
|7||2nd Test – England in Sri Lanka||2007/08||1st Innings – 195 (4x16, 6x1); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings – 1 Ct.
|8||3rd Test – England in Sri Lanka||2007/08||1st Innings – 213* (4x25); 1 Ct.
2nd Innings – 2 Ct.; Run out 1
One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards
|1||Khaleej Times Trophy (Pak, SL, Zim) in UAE||2001/02||252 (6 Matches); 2 Catches||Won final by 5 wickets|
|2||Indian Oil Cup (Ind, SL, WI) in Sri Lanka||2005||230 (5 Matches); 1 Catch||Won final by 18 runs|
|3||Warid Series (Pak, SL) in UAE||2007||162 (3 Matches)||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
|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|
|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|
Product and brand endorsements
- 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team
- 100 Runs Test Cricket Partnerships by Sri Lanka
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- Derbyshire sign up Jayawardene
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- "List of Test victories". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "List of ODI victories". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "List of T20I victories". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "Mahela Jayawardene crosses 10,000-run mark". NDTV. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Pathirana, Saroj (23 January 2012). "Dilshan resigns, Mahela new captain". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- "Jayawardene Announce Retirement from T20 Cricket". freepressjournal.in. 2014-03-17.
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- "Mobitel’s all-encompassing registration system: a success story". http://www.businesstoday.lk. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
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- CricInfo bio
- http://www.sportskeeda.com/player/mahela-jayawardene/ Mahela Jayawardene Profile and latest news at Sportskeeda
- HOPE Cancer Project
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