Mahela Jayawardhana is a Sri Lankan former national cricket team captain and a cricket coacher. His full name is Denagamage Paboth Mahela De Silva Jayawardhana. He was born on 27 May 1977 in Colombo. Mahela Jayawardhana entered into Sri Lanka National cricket team in 1997 and played his first Test Match and one day international against the Australian team.
In 2006, He was able to score 374 runs in a test match against to South Afrika and this was the highest score ever made by a Sri Lankan cricket player. Mahela also the second Sri Lankan cricket player who scored more than 10,000 runs in one-day international tournaments. Currently, Mahela Jayawardhana works as a Chairman of Sri Lankan National Sports Council.
Due to Mahela Jayawardhana’s performance, he was named as the best international captain for the year 2006 by the International Cricket Council. He also nominated as the best Test Cricket player for the year 2007. On 19 May 2016, Mahela Jayawardhana worked as an international cricket TV commentator in the first test match series at Headingley for Sri Lanka and England match.
Mahela Jayawardhana also holds a record of scoring a hundred in both a Worl Cup final and semi-final. In international cricket history, Mahela Jayawardhana’s 374 runs against South Africa is the highest score by a right-handed batsman in the test cricket even today. Mahela JAyawardhana completed his studies at Nalanda College, Colombo. Jayawardhana was an active player of Nalanda College cricket team and due to his brilliant performance, he became as the captain of the college team when he was 15 years.
Since 1995, Mahela played for the Sinhalese Sports Club. In 1997, Mahela Jayawardhana became as the 69th Sri Lankan test cricket team captain and played against to the Indian team. In this series, Mahela was able to score 66 to the team, however, the team was able to score 952 runs for 6 wickets. This was the highest test score ever made in cricket history. In 1998, Jayawardhana played his first one day international against to the Zimbabwe team. In this match, Sri Lanka was able to win the match and Mahela was the player who hit the winning run.
In 2006, Mahela Jayawardhana and Kumara Sangakkara were able to score 624 runs in a test match against to South Africa. This was a world record of scoring the highest runs partnership in a test tournament. Jayawandhana also made another record of scoring triple-century in a test tournament by achieving 374 runs off 572 deliveries, this includes 43 four runs and a six. Mahela Jayawardhana also leads Sanath Jayasooriya after achieving the highest score in a test match. Previously Sanath Jayasooriya scored 340 runs in a test match against to India in 1997.
Mahela Jayawardhana also named as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. In 2007 Cricket World Cup, Mahela scored 1 century against to the New Zealand team and 4 half-centuries against to several other countries, hence he was the second highest run scorer of the World Cup tournament.