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Mahela Jayawardene
මහේල ජයවර්ධන
மஹேல ஜயவர்தன
Personal information
Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born 27 May 1977 (1977-05-27) (age 44)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Maiya
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side Sri Lanka
Test debut (cap 69) 2 August 1997 v India
Last Test 14 August 2014 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 92) 24 January 1998 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 18 March 2015 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 27
T20I debut (cap 5) 15 June 2006 v England
Last T20I 6 April 2014 v India
T20I shirt no. 27
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995–2015 Sinhalese Sports Club
2007–2012 Wayamba Elevens
2008–2010 Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 27)
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala (squad no. 27)
2012–2014 Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 27)
2012 Wayamba United
2014 Trinidad and Tobago Red Steels
2015 Sussex
2015 Jamaica Tallawahs
2015–2017 Central Stags
2015–2016 Adelaide Strikers
2015–2016 Dhaka Dynamites
2016 Somerset
2017 Karachi Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 149 448 237 546
Runs scored 11,814 12,650 17,838 15,421
Batting average 49.84 33.37 49.68 33.67
100s/50s 34/50 19/77 51/80 21/95
Top score 374 144 374 163*
Balls bowled 589 593 3,001 1,280
Wickets 6 8 52 24
Bowling average 51.66 70.37 31.32 47.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/32 2/56 5/72 3/25
Catches/stumpings 205/– 218/– 305/– 265/–

Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene (Sinhala: මහේල ජයවර්ධන; born 27 May 1977), usually known as Mahela Jayawardene, is a Sri Lankan cricket coach and former cricketer. Mahela 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 just under 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. He is also the second Sri Lankan player to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Mahela is also the Chairman of Sri Lanka National Sports Council.

Jayawardene's highest test score, 374 against South Africa, is the highest score by a right-handed batsman in the history of Test cricket. Along with teammate Sangakkara, he has the most career partnership runs for the 3rd wicket in Tests, scoring 5890 runs surpassing the 5826 run record of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.

Jayawardene was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made to 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 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 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 also worked as an international TV commentator in the first test at Headingley on 19 May 2016 between England and Sri Lanka. Also, Mahela Jayawardene is the only player as of now to have scored a hundred in both a World Cup final and a semi-final.

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