Mahela Jayawardene Height, Weight, Age, Family, Wife, Biography & More

Mahela Jayawardene

Real NameDenagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
ProfessionSri Lankan Cricketer (Batsman)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 71 kg
in Pounds- 157 lbs
Body Measurements- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 13 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
International DebutTest- 2 August 1997 vs India in Colombo
ODI:- 24 January 1998 vs Zimbabwe in Colombo
T20- 15 June 2006 vs England in Southampton
International RetirementTest- 14 July 2014 vs Pakistan in Colombo
ODI:- 13 December 2014 vs England in Colombo
T20- 6 April 2014 vs India in Mirpur
Coach/ MentorNot Known
Jersey Number27 (Sri Lanka)
Domestic/ State TeamsSinhalese Sports Club, Wayamba Elevens, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Delhi Daredevils, Wayamba United, Sussex, Jamaica Tallawahs, Central Stags, Adelaide Strikers, Somerset, Karachi Kings
Batting StyleRight Handed Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium
Records/ Achievements• Jayawardene's highest test score of 374 against South Africa is the highest by a right-hand batsman in the history.
• He is the first Sri Lankan cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs.
• While playing against South Africa in 2006, he shared a world record partnership of 624 alongside Kumar Sangakkara.
• During the ICC World T20, he became first Sri Lankan and fourth overall cricketer to hit a century in T20I.
• With 218 catches in 448 matches, Jayawardene holds the record for most number of catches in ODIs.
• In 2014, he became only the second player worldwide after Sachin Tendulkar to have played more than 600 international matches.
Career Turning PointHis consistent performance with the bat in domestic cricket got him the chance to play for national team.
Personal Life
Date of Birth27 May 1977
Age (as in 2017)40 Years
Birth PlaceColombo, Sri Lanka
Zodiac sign/Sun signGemini
NationalitySri Lankan
HometownColombo, Sri Lanka
SchoolNot Known
College/ UniversityNalanda College Colombo
Educational QualificationNot Known
FamilyFather- Senerath Jayawardene
Mother- Sunila Jayawardene
Brother- Late Dhishal Jayawardene (Died of brain tumour)
Sister- Not Known
HobbiesPlaying golf
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodCoconut Date Balls, Rinderbraten
Favourite Sports outside CricketLawn Tennis, Golf
Favourite SportspersonRoger Federer
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/Girlfriends Christina Mallika Sirisena
Wife/SpouseChristina Mallika Sirisena, a travel consultant (m.2005)
Mahela Jayawardene with his wife and daughter
ChildrenSon- N/A
Daughter- Sanasa Araya Jayawardene
Money Factor
SalaryNot Known
Net Worth $4 million (as in 2016)

Mahela Jayawardene batting

Some Lesser Known Facts  About Mahela Jayawardene

  • Does Mahela Jayawardena smoke: Not Known
  • Does Mahela Jayawardena drink alcohol: Not Known
  • Jayawardene is known for his fielding skills in the 30-yard circle. Cricinfo released a report in 2005, which showed that since 1999 Worl Cup, he had affected the most number of run-outs in ODIs. Statistics also revealed that “c Jayawardene b Muralitharan” was the most common bowler-fielder combination in the history of Test cricket.
  • In 2006, International Cricket Council named him as the best International captain of the year.
  • He was nominated as the best test cricket player in 2007.
  • Derbyshire signed him as an overseas player for the first half of 2008 English cricketing season. He, however, was committed to play for the country and his involvement in IPL prevented him from being a part of the county season.
  • He is appreciated for his social works off the field for his contribution to the HOPE cancer project. In the memories of his deceased brother, he became the leading campaigner of the project. For this, he alongwith his teammates has participated in two trails for raising money for the cancer treatment hospitals.
  • In May 2016, Jayawardene worked as a TV Commentator for the first test match between Sri Lanka.
  • England Cricket Board signed him as a batting consultant for the England team in 2015, and he accompanied the team for the first time for their series against Pakistan in UAE.
  • In 2017, Mumbai Indians appointed Jayawardene as the team’s coach replacing veteran Ricky Ponting.