Mahela Jayawardene

March 25th, 2008

Mahela JayawardeneDenagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene is the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman who has a Test average of over 50, and an ODI average in the 30s.

In 2006, he was named by the International Cricket Council as the best international captain of the year. He is also known for his fielding skills in the inner ring.

Jayawardene was the first Sri-Lankan captain to score a Test triple-century, making 374 off 572 deliveries it is the fourth highest individual score in Test match cricket and the best 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 Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340 in 1997 against India.

He was also chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Jayawardene hit one century and four half-centuries and was the second highest run-scorer.

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