Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who used to be a right-handed batter. Just two days before, he was in fifth place in the most runs in ODIs. Virat Kohli’s scored 166 runs, and now Mahela Jayawardene is in sixth place. He is also one of the players who have 10,000+ runs in both Test and ODI formats. In the 2014 T20 World Cup, he was also one of the most important players to play for Sri Lanka, where they won the World Cup.
- Full Name: Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
- Born: May 27, 1977
- Age: 45
- Height: 5 ft 6 in (168cm)
- Nationality: Sri Lanka
- Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
- Batting Style: Right handed
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The year was 1997, Mahela Jayawardene started his international career against India in Colombo. That was the record-breaking test played by Sri Lanka, where they scored 952 runs by losing 6 wickets. And Jayawardene made 66 runs in his debut test match. In the early days after his debut, he made 167 runs and 242 runs against New Zealand and India, respectively.
Just one year after his test debut, he made his first ODI match against Zimbabwe. He again showed a tremendous inning by scoring 74 runs and the winning run. After playing only 11 matches, he was able to score his first century. The match was against England, and Sri Lanka was down to 134/4, and Jayawardene’s 120-run innings led the team to the winning side. The match was notable for the no-ball called by Ross Emerson.
After showing potential, Jayawardene was made the Sri Lankan captain in 2006 when they went on England tour. He led his team to draw the test series, and that was the famous whitewash in the ODI series, Sri Lanka won the ODI series by 5-0. In 2006, Jayawardene and Sangakkara made a record-breaking partnership of 624 runs against South Africa.
After a couple of years, Jayawardene becomes the first Sri Lankan captain to score 300 runs. He made 374 runs by taking 572 balls. This was the most runs by a right-hand batter and the fourth-highest score. His captaincy and performance made him the captain of the World ODI XI.
In the 2007 World Cup, Jayawardene was the second-highest run-scorer scoring one century and four half-centuries. His captaincy and century against New Zealand took the Sri Lankan team to the finals. But unfortunately, they lost to Australia in the finals. He is also the only batter to score hundreds in both semi-finals and finals. In the 2011 World Cup, he scored a hundred in the finals against India. Again, unfortunately, they lost to India in the finals.
He was also named the 2006 Captain of the Year. He also led the Sri Lankan Cricket team in the finals of the World Cup consecutively. He holds the record for scoring the most runs by an individual. In 2008, he was also in the World test XI. Mahela Jayawardene is also the one player who has scored centuries against all Test playing nations. As a player, and as a Captain, he has achieved so many trophies and made so many runs, but his career missed only one thing- a major trophy. He also won the Spirit of Cricket Award.
In IPL 2010, Jayawardene played excellent innings throughout the tournament. There was a match against Kolkata Knight Riders where he scored 110 runs in 59 balls while chasing 201 runs. In the 2010 World Twenty20, he was also able to keep up his performance and played some brilliant innings. In 2011, he was also in the Team of the Tournament.
In 2011-12, he crossed 10,000 runs in Test cricket and was the ninth player. After that, he was again appointed as the captain of the Sri Lankan team. He again led his team to the final of the tournament. But again, they lost, and he resigned as the Captain. He was on the Team of the Tournament for the second time.
Before taking retirement, Jayawardene was successful in holding the T20 World Cup trophy for the first time. In 2014, Jayawardene became the second player to have 600 international caps after Sachin Tendulkar. After winning the T20 World Cup, he announced his retirement from T20 cricket. Later that year, he played his last Test match against Pakistan, where he scored 54 runs.
In 2015, he scored a century against New Zealand, and this is the first time he scored a hundred again New Zealand in ODIs. In 2015, he became the most appeared player for Sri Lanka after passing Jayasuriya’s 445 matches. His last match was against South Africa in the Quarter Finals. But unfortunately, he only managed to score 4 runs.
Mahela Jayawardene is one of the players to score more than 10,000 runs in both ODI and Test formats. Also, there are other records that he holds. In 2021, he was in the ICC Hall of Fame. There are a couple of records that Jayawardene has and that is almost impossible to break, such as the highest partnership of 624 runs and others. And as long as cricket will continue to be there, Mahela Jayawardene will be remembered.