Mahela Jayawardene
Personal information
Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born 27 May 1977 (1977-05-27) (age 40)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side Sri Lanka
Test debut (cap 69) 2 August 1997 v India
Last Test 3 January 2012 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 92) 24 January 1998 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 28 July 2013 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 27
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–present Delhi Daredevils
2012–present Wayamba United
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 138 407 223 489
Runs scored 10,806 11,401 16,648 13,557
Batting average 49.56 33.33 49.54 33.30
100s/50s 31/45 16/70 48/73 17/84
Top score 374 144 374 163*
Balls bowled 553 582 2,965 1,269
Wickets 6 7 52 23
Bowling average 49.50 79.71 31.07 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 194/– 201/– 292/– 242/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 December 2013

Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene (born 27 May 1977), known as Mahela Jayawardene, is 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.

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 2011 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 Delhi Daredevils as captain. He won the Spirit of Cricket Award 2013. This is the second instance he is winning this award.

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