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Mahela Jayawardene

Key facts

Full Name: Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born: May 27 1977 , Colombo
County: Derbyshire
Other teams: Sri Lanka, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium

Biography

An elegant strokemaker with a penchant for huge scores, Jayawardene has been a key component in the Sri Lanka top order since his debut in 1997. His reputation as one of the most accomplished batsmen in the world had long since been established by the time he took over from Marvan Atapattu as Sri Lanka captain in 2006. The International Cricket Council recognised his powers of leadership by awarding him the captain of the year award in 2006, and he was named by Wisden as one of their five cricketers of the year in 2007. Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to the World Cup final against Australia in 2...

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