|Real Name||Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene|
|Profession||Sri 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 Colour||Dark Brown|
|International Debut||Test- 2 August 1997 vs India in Colombo
ODI:- 24 January 1998 vs Zimbabwe in Colombo
T20- 15 June 2006 vs England in Southampton
|International Retirement||Test- 14 July 2014 vs Pakistan in Colombo
ODI:- 13 December 2014 vs England in Colombo
T20- 6 April 2014 vs India in Mirpur
|Coach/ Mentor||Not Known|
|Jersey Number||27 (Sri Lanka)|
|Domestic/ State Teams||Sinhalese 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 Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-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 Point||His consistent performance with the bat in domestic cricket got him the chance to play for national team.|
|Date of Birth||27 May 1977|
|Age (as in 2017)||40 Years|
|Birth Place||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Gemini|
|Hometown||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|College/ University||Nalanda College Colombo|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Family||Father- Senerath Jayawardene
Mother- Sunila Jayawardene
Brother- Late Dhishal Jayawardene (Died of brain tumour)
Sister- Not Known
|Favourite Food||Coconut Date Balls, Rinderbraten|
|Favourite Sports outside Cricket||Lawn Tennis, Golf|
|Favourite Sportsperson||Roger Federer|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Christina Mallika Sirisena|
|Wife/Spouse||Christina Mallika Sirisena, a travel consultant (m.2005)
Daughter- Sanasa Araya Jayawardene
|Net Worth||$4 million (as in 2016)|
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.