Technically strong with an excellent temperament, Jayawardene is the best batsman produced by Sri Lanka since Sanath Jayasuriya.Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:05 IST
His list of achievements seem 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.
His declining productivity in the one-day game was particularly alarming and he suffered a major run drought during the 2003 World Cup. However, after the tournament he gradually regained his confidence and benefited from a stable batting position at No. 4 after the retirement of Aravinda de Silva. A good Test series last year against England was followed by an indifferent series against Australia in 2004. He was appointed vice-captain of the one-day side for the second time in his career in 2003 and has been named by the selectors as the heir to the captaincy after Marvan Atapattu’s current tenure.
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.
He has scored 4633 runs in his six year Test career with his highest score being 242.
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 19:26 IST