Mahela Jayawardene – A Legend of the World Cricket

Pavan Suresh / 17 November 2014

Mahela Jayawardene is one of the legends the world has seen. His contribution to cricket especially the Sri Lankan Cricket has been special. He made his Test debut in 1997 against India and made his One day International debut in 1998 against Zimbawawe. His average in Test cricket is over 50 and his ODI average is in the 30s. He has played lots of cricket with his best partner Kumar Sangakara who also has contributed lot for Sri Lankan Cricket. Their best partnership of 374 against South Africa in 2006 is record. He has also played in the Indian Premier League for 2 Franchises i.e. Delhi Dare Devils and Kings XI Punjab contributing reasonably well.

Mahela Jayewardene was a key member of Sri Lankan cricket team which won the ICC T-20 World Cup in 2014, and also played in the finals of World Cup 2007, ICC T-20 World Cup in 2009 ,World Cup 2011, and ICC T-20 World Cup in 2012. He has played 149 Test matches averaging a staggering 49.84, 49 T-20  and 426 One day internationals averaging 33.24. He wants to still play till the ICC world Cup in 2015. His slip fielding is among the best that includes some of the best fielders like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxaman. He became the second player in the World to play 600 international matches as of 25th February 2014. It is a huge achievement for anybody to perform at the international level for such a long time. He retired from the shorter version of the game in the ICC World Cup T-20 in April 2014. It was a fitting end for such a great cricketer who played with love and dedication. His last Test match was at his home ground which is Singalehese Sports Club against Pakistan in August 2014. He got a fitting farewell in that match. Playing for such a long time requires consistency which is not easy to maintain is a big lesson for the youngsters who play for their country.

In the third One day match between Sri Lanka and India he became the fifth batsmen to complete 12,000 runs in One Internationals. He is behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Pointing, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakara. This shows that he is a great player in this format as well. Jayewardene will play his fourth world Cup in 2015 and this will provide a chance for him to bid farewell in a grand fashion to win the World Cup for his country. His recent knock of 118 against India in third ODI this season is enough evidence that he has still got lot of cricket left in him proves that  he will make all his efforts to make his dream true of winning the world cup again before retirement.   

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