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Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene (Sinhala: මහේල ජයවර්ධන; born 27 May 1977), known as Mahela Jayawardene, is a Sri Lankan cricket coach and former cricketer. He is regarded as one of the best batsman of all time, especially due to his mastery of playing spin bowling. Jayawardene's highest test score, 374 against South Africa is the highest test score by a right handed batsman in the history of test cricket.
Jayawardene playing for Sri Lanka in 2014
|Full name||Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene|
|Born||27 May 1977|
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|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 (previously 92)|
|T20I debut (cap 5)||15 June 2006 v England|
|Last T20I||6 April 2014 v India|
|T20I shirt no.||27|
|Domestic team information|
|1995–2015||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|2008–2010||Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 27)|
|2011||Kochi Tuskers Kerala (squad no. 27)|
|2012–2014||Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 27)|
|2014||Trinidad and Tobago Red Steels|
Source: CricketArchive, 17 August 2016
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. Despite his relatively low ODI average, Jayawardene is considered to be one of the best batsmen produced by Sri Lanka.
-to have the prestigious record of having scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Along with teammate Sangakkara, he recorded for the most partnership runs for the 3rd wicket in Tests, scoring 5890 runs surpassing 5826 run stand of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar , during the first test match against Pakistan at Galle International Stadium, which was his last test at the venue. He scored 56 runs at that match, where his counterpart scored 221 runs.
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 affected 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.
Early and domestic careerEdit
Jayawardene was educated at Nalanda College Colombo. At an early age Mahela's father, Senerath Jayawardene, introduced him to the Lionel Coaching Clinic run by Nondescripts Cricket Club in Cinnamon Gardens. It was there that he learned to play cricket. Jayawardene captained Nalanda College Colombo first XI cricket team in 1994. He developed his talents through the school cricket team, eventually becoming captain. He was runner-up for the best schoolboy cricketer award during the 1994 cricketing season.
Domestically he has played for Sinhalese Sports Club since 1995. He was signed to play as an overseas player for Derbyshire for the first half of the 2008 English cricket season. However, his commitments to Sri Lanka and involvement in the Indian Premier League prevented him from playing any part in the 2008 county season.
Career in the 1990sEdit
Mahela Jayawardene is the 69th Sri Lanka Test Cap, having made his debut against India at Colombo in 1997. Jayawardene made his Test debut in the record breaking Test in 1997 against India at R.P.S., Colombo. Jayawardene added 66 to Sri Lanka's first innings score of 952/6, the highest Test score ever. He was at the crease when the previous highest Test score was surpassed. Early in his career he scored 167 against New Zealand and 242 against India.
Jayawardene's One Day International debut was against Zimbabwe at Premadasa in January 1998. Sri Lanka won the match, with Jayawardene hitting the winning run. In the next game Jayawardene scored 74. It took only 11 matches before he scored his first century, which was against England in the Carlton and United World Series game at Adelaide. Jayawardene entered a pressure situation, with Sri Lanka struggling at 134/4 in the run chase, but made an innings of 120 runs to win the match. The match is notable for Ross Emerson's no-balling of Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing, which led the Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to lead his team to the edge of the field and consider walking out of the match, as well as physical shoulder-barging by some players.
Jayawardene was the captain of the Sri Lankan national team during the England tour in 2006 in the absence of Marvan Atapattu. He led his team to 1–1 draw in the Test series and an emphatic 5–0 whitewash in the ODI series.
|Jayawardene's results in international matches|
In the first Test of the 2006 Test series against South Africa, Jayawardene shared a world record partnership of 624 runs alongside Kumar Sangakkara. This partnership, the highest for any wicket in first-class cricket history, and the first instance of a stand of 600 or more in a first-class or Test match innings, smashed the previous third wicket stand for Sri Lanka, surpassing 262 which involved himself along with Thilan Samaraweera. It also broke the previous record for the third wicket partnership for all Test playing nations surpassing the 467 run partnership made by the New Zealanders Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones.
Jayawardene became the first Sri Lankan captain to score a Test triple-century, making 374 off 572 deliveries with 43 fours and 1 six, the fourth highest individual innings score in Test match cricket and the highest by a right-hander. He is also the first batsman to pass 350 in a Test without going on to break the world record. He also surpassed the highest score by a Sri Lankan in a Test match, previously held by Sanath Jayasuriya's 340 in 1997 against India, coincidentally also produced in a world record partnership.
He was also chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Jayawardene scored one century and four half-centuries and was the second highest run-scorer of the tournament, which was topped by Australia's Matthew Hayden. The century he scored against New Zealand helped Sri Lanka win the Semi-Final. Sri Lanka finished runners-up in the World Cup losing to Australia in the final. He is the only batsman in World Cup ODI history to score hundreds in both a semi final and a final of the tournament. He achieved this feat, by scoring a century in 2007 Cricket World Cup semi final against New Zealand, and a century in 2011 Cricket World Cup final against India.
He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations. He achieved this feat on 21 February 2009 by scoring his maiden Test century against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan.
Jayawardene is the recipient of International Cricket Council's "Captain of the Year 2006", Captain of the "World One-Day International Team of the Year 2006", Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2007, and the record holder for the highest score (374 runs) by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket. He also led Sri Lanka when the team won the "Spirit of Cricket Award" in 2007 and 2008.
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. 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 who guarded the bus and two civilians were killed in the attack.
Jayawardene was appointed vice-captain of the Sri Lankan team once again under Kumar Sangakkara after Muttiah Muralitharan retired from test cricket, but resigned after the team's World Cup defeat. He was appointed as captain again after Tillakaratne Dilshan resigned from the captaincy in 2012. He was the captain of Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League and the Delhi Daredevils. He won the Spirit of Cricket Award 2013.
However, he regained some form during the IPL 2010. Before starting their chase of 201 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders, Jayawardene expressed his desire to open the innings to captain Kumar Sangakkara. Sangakkara agreed to his fellow countrymate and Jayawardene scored a blazing 110* off just 59 balls winning them the match in the second last over. Sangakkara, impressed by his teammate set him as opener for the Kings XI Punjab. He scored a few more entertaining knocks in vain including 44 against the Rajasthan Royals and 93* against the Deccan Chargers. He ended the tournament with a batting average of 43.90. He was the 6th highest run scorer for the tournament and highest for the Kings XI Punjab.
With Kumar Sangakkara as the Sri Lankan Captain too, Jaywardene was sent as opener for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. In the first match against New Zealand, he scored 81 off just 51 balls. However, this knock went in vain due to the collapse in the Sri Lankan batting line-up after his wicket fell which resulted in a total of only 135 on board batting first. However, in his very next match against Zimbabwe, he scored 100 off just 64 balls helping them win the match helping them win the match defending a total of 173. He thus became the 4th player to score a century in an Twenty20 International match and the first Sri Lankan to do so. Sri Lanka won the match by D/L method. In the very next match against West Indies, he scored 98* off just 56 balls narrowly missing his second century in a row. This became his third consecutive score above 80.
During the second Test of Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa in 2011–12, Jayawardene became the ninth player in cricket history, and the first Sri Lankan, to score 10,000 Test runs. At the end of the tour he was reappointed as Sri Lanka's captain, following the resignation of Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 against the West Indies on home turf. Having restricted the Windies to 137/6, Sri Lanka were steadily making progress in chasing down the target with Jayawardene well set. Halfway through their innings, captain Jayawardene noticed that the West Indies were slightly ahead on Duckworth/Lewis with a hint of rain in the air. He subsequently decided to accelerate the innings, but this only triggered a collapse. The rain never came and Sri Lanka fell a long way short of the target. He resigned as Sri Lanka's T20 captain after the match and in 2014 also announced his retirement from T20 cricket.
He holds the record for most number of catches in ODIs, taking 218 catches in 448 matches. matches.
He also holds the record for the most runs in a Twenty20 World Cup Career having scored 858 runs in 25 innings, at an average of 40.8 runs per inning, in the four ICC World Twenty20 tournaments held to date (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012).
On 31 March 2016 it was announced that Jayawaradene has signed for Somerset County Cricket to represent them in the English T20 league. 
On 14 July 2014, Jayawardene announced his retirement from Test cricket after the 2014 Pakistan series. He played his final Test at his favourite ground, the Sinhalese Sports Club, where he scored 54 runs in his last test innings. The ground was replete with thousands of tributes. Russell Arnold quipped that Legends never retire.
His last One-Day innings in Sri Lanka was played on 13 December 2014 in the last match of England ODI series. He was caught on 28 in his last innings on home soil. Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews gave him the ball to take the final wicket. He got his 8th ODI wicket by dismissing James Tredwell through a stumping, with Sangakkara behind the stumps.
During a match against Australia at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Jayawardene became the most capped player for Sri Lanka in ODIs, passing Jayasuriya's 445 ODI matches.
Jayawardene's last ODI was the quarter final of the 2015 World Cup, played against South Africa. He only scored 4 runs and Sri Lanka failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1999.
Jayawardene was born to Sunila and Senerath Jayawardene at Colombo in 1977. He had one younger brother, Dhishal, who died of a brain tumour, aged 16. This affected Jayawardene psychologically, halting his cricket career for some time. Eventually he was persuaded to go on and set about rebuilding his career by his parents and teammates.
Jayawardene is married to Christina Mallika Sirisena, a travel consultant. They have one daughter.
Off the field, he has won praise for his personal contribution to the HOPE cancer project. With memories of his deceased brother in mind, he became the leading campaigner of HOPE. Now, with the support of his teammates, he aims to build a new 750-bed cancer unit at Maharagama, the country's only dedicated cancer hospital.
The first cancer Trail was walked in 2011, but due to cricket tours, he couldn't participate to the walk. The walk began in the South and ended in the North with US$2.6 million, with the contribution of 30,000 people walked in the Trail. With the money, government build a 120-bed Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital in Jaffna.
In 2016, Jayawardene accompany with Sangakkara started a charity walkathon called Trail as One for raising money for a cancer hospital, which was the second trail after 2011. The walk started on 6 October 2016 from Point Pedro and finished at Dondra Head on 2 November 2016, which was 28-days 670 kilometres walk. Many other former and current Sri Lankan cricketers joined by each destination to the walk and the walk ended successfully with around US$5 million of money from all over the country. The money was given to expand the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital oncology unit in Galle.
In August 2015, the England Cricket Board signed Jayawardene as batting consultant for the England team. He accepted the role and he was a part of the England coaching team travelling to the UAE for the series against Pakistan in October, up to the World Twenty20 in India.
Mahela Jayawardene was appointed as the coach of the Mumbai Indians team replacing Ricky Ponting for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League in 2017. Mumbai Indians won the 2017 Indian Premier League on 21 May 2017 beating Rising Pune Supergiant at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.
On 26 May 2017 he was appointed as the head coach of Bangladesh Premier League franchise Khulna Titans on a two-year contract replacing Stuart Law who took up duties as the head coach of West Indies cricket team. He has now signed as the coach of Mumbai Indians for the 2019 Indian Premier League. 
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Jayawardene has 34 test, 19 ODI and 1 T20I centuries. He is the first Sri Lankan and third overall to score hundreds in all forms of the game.
Bold ones are world records.
- Highest partnership for any wicket – 624 for the third wicket by Kumar Sangakkara (287) & Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006.
- Most partnership runs for the third wicket – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ( scored 5890 runs )
- Highest partnership for the fourth wicket – 437 by Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera against Pakistan in 2009. Second highest for the fourth wicket of all time.
- Highest partnership for the sixth wicket – 351 by Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene against India in 2009.
- Highest partnership for the eighth wicket – 170 by Mahela Jayawardene and Chaminda Vaas against South Africa in 2004.
- He holds record for the highest runs scored on a single ground in Tests where he scored 2921 runs at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.
- "c Jayawardene b Muralitharan" is the most common bowler-fielder combination in the history of Test cricket (77).
- He holds the record for the second highest number of catches in Tests with 205 catches in 149 matches.
- Highest individual score in Tests by a Sri Lankan – 374 runs against South Africa in 2006.
- Highest individual score in Tests by a right-handed batsman – 374 runs against South Africa in 2006.
- Second in the list for the highest individual test score as a captain (374) just after Brian Lara's 400*
- One-Day Internationals
- Jayawardene has been part of most wins by a Sri Lankan in ODIs with 241 wins and is second in the world after Ricky Ponting (262 wins).
- Most number of ODI matches for Sri Lanka – 448 matches by Mahela.
- Most number of catches – 218 catches by Mahela in 448 matches. The only fielder in ODI history to take 200 ODI catches.
- Highest partnership for third wicket – 226 by Marvan Atapattu & Mahela Jayawardene against India in 2000.
- Highest partnership for seventh wicket – 126* by Mahela Jayawardene & Upul Chandana against India in 2005.
- Most runs scored by a batsman in One Day Internationals without even a 150+ score in his career – 12650 runs with a best score of 144 against England.
- Most career runs in ODI history when batting at number 4 position (6,946)
- Twenty20 Internationals
- The first Sri Lankan to score a T20 international century , and became the first Sri Lankan with hundreds in all forms of the game.
- Until retirement, Mahela was the highest run scorer in T20Is for Sri Lanka, where currently holds by Tillakaratne Dilshan – Mahela is the second in the list with 1,493 runs.
- Most number of 6s – 33 by Mahela Jayawardene
- Presently, the leading runscorer in T20 World Cup history (1016 runs) and the first batsman to pass 1000 runs in T20 World Cup history.
- Only Sri Lankan to have scored a century in T20 World Cups.
- Leading runscorer in 2010 ICC World T20 (310 runs).
- He along with Kumar Sangakkara holds the record for the highest ever partnership for any wicket in T20 World Cup history(166 for the 2nd wicket)
- He is the first Sri Lankan and third overall to achieve hundreds in all forms of the game.
- Most Run Outs Effected (since 1999 World Cup, first player credited in run out) – ODIs with 23 times.
- Mahela is the only batsman in World Cup ODI history to score hundreds in both a semi final and a final of the tournament.
- First & only non-wicketkeeper to take 200+ catches in both tests and ODIs.
- Most runs in IPL history for a Sri Lankan (1802 runs).
- First batsman to score a century in Masters Champions League history.
- Holds the record for taking the most number of catches as a fielder in all forms of cricket (440). In fact the only fielder to take 400 catches in international cricket.
-  highest test score by a right handed batsman
- Tracking the misses, Charles Davies, thecricketmonthly.com
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- Mahela Jayawardene at ESPNcricinfo
- Mahela Jayawardene's profile page on Wisden
- Mahela Jayawardene at Sportskeeda
- HOPE Cancer Project
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