Mahela Jayawardeneindia Updated: May 10, 2003 13:14 IST
Sri Lanka's 'Danger Man', Mahela Jayawardene was placed seventh in the top ten fastest scorers of the 1999 World Cup with a strike rate of 96.23.
While the 1999 edition was a dream for him, the 2003 edition would be one he wants to forget as quickly as possible.
On his Test debut against India in Colombo, Jayawardena smashed 66. Against Zimbabwe, in his one-day debut, in the 1997-1998 series in Colombo, he was again unstoppable.
His list of achievements seems to be endless. In 1998, he hit 157 against New Zealand and a classy 242 against India in February 1999. In the fastest scoring players' list, he was placed ahead of Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. Jayawardene has a good temperament, while his style and modesty, on and off the field, have won him many admirers.
Jayawardena was appointed the vice-captain of the Sri Lankan team after it's 1999 World Cup washout. He has since slammed six centuries in limited-overs internationals.
The 22-year-old batsman is a wonderful right-hand bat and a right arm medium pace bowler.
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 19:26 IST