Jehan Mubarak (Tamil: ஜெகன் முபாரக்; born 10 January 1981 in Washington, DC, United States) is an American-born professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays all formats of the game. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler.
|Full name||Jehan Mubarak|
|Born||10 January 1981|
Washington, D.C., United States
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Bowling||Right arm off spin|
|Relations||A. M. Mubarak (father) Chitranganie Mubarak (mother)|
|Test debut (cap 91)||28 July 2002 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||20–24 August 2015 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 113)||27 November 2002 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||23 July 2013 v South Africa|
|T20I debut (cap 17)||14 September 2007 v Kenya|
|Last T20I||21 June 2009 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|2000/01–present||Colombo Cricket Club|
|Kalabagan Krira Chakra|
|2012–present||Khulna Royal Bengals|
After 7 years of scarcity in international arena, he was included to the Test side of the team during Pakistan tour of 2015, and now acting as a middle-order batsman in the team, but did not show great success in his innings and dropped from the squad.
The son of Azeez Mohamed Mubarak, a first-class cricketer himself and later a prominent scientist, Mubarak was born in Washington, D.C., making him, with West Indian Ken Weekes, one of only two Test cricketers born in the United States. His family soon returned to Sri Lanka, however, where he was educated at Royal College Colombo, winning the coveted Royal Crown for cricket and colours in water polo. He holds a degree in Physical Science from University of Colombo. Mubarak was initially spotted at a Cricket training camp in Dambulla by former players Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, and subsequently labeled one of the brightest future stars of Sri Lankan cricket,.
Mubarak started his sporting career as a swimmer and then became a cricketer. He swam for Royal College and competed at National Level swimming competitions by representing his alma-mater. Mubarak specialized in short distance swimming and won the national championship in 50 meter butterfly stroke. In 2006–2007 Jehan swam for Sri Lanka National Swimming meet and after finishing his semi-final heat he opt out from final event to participate in Sri Lanka national cricket team practice. Mubarak also led the Royal College Water Polo team during his time at Royal College.
Mubarak was involved in an accident on 22 April 2012 while driving back from Wilpattu National Park; he was arrested and later acquitted as the result of a head-on collision which killed a motorcyclist.
After being a prolific run scorer in school yard cricket, though only playing a handful of first class games, Mubarak was eliciting comparisons to West Indian cricket icon Brian Lara for not only his graceful batting style but also for his ability against spinners.
After his debut Ranjit Fernando stated on air that Mubarak's batting was "poetry in motion" and that he should be given more responsibility in order to improve the professionalism of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
In June 2005 however, three years after his debut he had failed to live up to initial expectations and was looked over for selection and has been given limited opportunities since.
In August 2007 he was rushed into the Sri Lankan Twenty20 squad following the departures of Marvan Atapattu and Russel Arnold, following man-of-the-match performances against Bangladesh. He performed admirably during this tournament which included a 13-ball 46 against Kenya, where the team recorded highest ever twenty20 international team total by posting 260/6, which stood for 9 years until Australia beat the record.
In May 2009 Mubarak was selected as one of the overseas players of Brothers Union Chittagong for their campaign in the Habib Group Port City Cricket League (PCL) tournament being held in Chittagong, Bangladesh between 2 and 10 May 2009.
Many commentators remarked that he had previously been treated unfairly and never given an extended run in the Sri Lankan team, and this along with the enormous burden placed on him in his youth was the main reason behind his lack of consistency. Cricket loving public feels he has been given more opportunities than others as he is from the same school as the Chief selector Asantha De Mel. Asantha De Mel was replaced by Aravinda De Silva in 2010.
In 2015, he is slated for a test recall for his fielding abilities by Jonty Rhodes due to his long reach. Mubarak played his first test after 8 years due to back to back thousand runs in domestic seasons. He played third test in Pakistan series for Sangakkara's place and made good contribution in batting with skipper Angelo Mathews in the second innings. But, Sri Lanka couldn't win the match and lost it by 6 wickets.
Jehan Mubarak has the highest ever strike rate in a T20 World Cup match for Sri Lanka (353.84) and also the only Sri Lankan to have had a strike rate of over 250,300 and 350 in a T20 World Cup innings.
Jehan Mubarak is the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in a U19 Cricket World Cup final (58),where the only time Sri Lanka managed to qualify for the finals of the U19 Cricket World cup. He is also the only Sri Lankan youth player to have scored a fifty in a U19 World cup final.
Jehan Mubarak made his commentary debut during the test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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