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Mahela Jayawardene

07 August, 2006

A fine technician with an excellent temperament, Jayawardene's exciting arrival in 1997 heralded the start of a new era for Sri Lanka's middle order. He was the best batsman the island had produced since Sanath Jayasuriya and his rich talent fuelled tower

Full name: Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born: May 27, 1977, Colombo
Current age: 29 years 139 days
Major teams: Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting style :Right-hand bat
Bowling style :Right-arm medium

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   83   136   10   6250   374   49.60   11961   52.25   16   29   775   31   111   0
ODIs   223   207   22   5956   128   32.19   7856   75.81   8   34   495   25   112   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   1   0   0   0   0.00   1   0.00   0   0   0   0   1   0
First-class   160   252   19   11769   374   50.51         33   55         194   0
List A   279   257   31   7417   128   32.81         8   45         137   0
Twenty20   3   3   0   14   11   4.66   14   100.00   0   0         3   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   83   458   228   4   2/32   2/32   57.00   2.98   114.50   0   0   0
ODIs   223   568   539   7   2/56   2/56   77.00   5.69   81.14   0   0   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
First-class   160   2858   1531   50   5/72      30.62   3.21   57.16      1   0
List A   279   1189   1063   22   3/25   3/25   48.31   5.36   54.04   0   0   0
Twenty20   3   45   53   2   2/22   2/22   26.50   7.06   22.50   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 2-6, 1997 scorecard
Last Test  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-8, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS) - Jan 24, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI  Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad - Oct 10, 2006 scorecard
Only Twenty20 Int.  England v Sri Lanka at Southampton - Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1995/96 - 2006
List A span  1995/96 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2004 - 2006

 Profile

A fine technician with an excellent temperament, Jayawardene's exciting arrival in 1997 heralded the start of a new era for Sri Lanka's middle order. His career reached new heights in 2006 when he was named captain, led a 5-0 one-day whitewash over England and then scored a Sri Lankan record 374 against South Africa at the SSC in Colombo. He added 624 for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara - a first-class record. Jayawardene is the best batsman the island had produced since Sanath Jayasuriya (the man whose record Jayawardene took with his 374) and his rich talent fuelled towering expectations. Perhaps mindful of his first Test, when he went out to bat against India at Colombo in 1997 with the scoreboard reading 790 for 4, he soon developed an appetite for big scores. His 66 then was followed by a masterful 167 on a Galle minefield versus New Zealand in his fourth match. A marathon 242 against India followed in his seventh Test. However, after a prolific purple patch from 2000 to early-2002, his form became more patchy. His declining productivity in the one-day game was particularly alarming, although that was partly explained by his shuffling up and down the order. He suffered a run drought during the 2003 World Cup and was dropped immediately after. However, he soon regained his confidence and benefited from a stable batting position at No. 4 after the retirement of Aravinda de Silva. A good Test series against England was followed by a high-scoring run in 2004. He was appointed vice-captain of the one-day side for the second time in his career in 2003 and has been named by the selectors as the heir to the captaincy after Marvan Atapattu's current tenure. Jayawardene was given a chance to show what he brought to the captaincy when Atapattu was hit by back problems and he was named captain for the 2006 tour of England. He produced a stunning double of 61 and 119 at Lord's as Sri Lanka pulled off an amazing rearguard to save the match. The best, though, was still to come. Off the field he has won great admiration for his huge personal contribution to the HOPE cancer project.


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