Missing Mahela: Sri Lanka to miss ‘Poster Boy” in T20

Missing Mahela: Sri Lanka to miss ‘Poster Boy” in T20

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Apr, 2014 | 4:20 pm

Mahela Jayawardene tendered his resignation from T20 international cricket today.

He has submitted his letter of resignation to Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief Executive, Ashley de Silva.

Mahela Jayawardene’s T20 career is testament to an innate cricketing intelligence that has allowed him to freely adapt his game for the shorter formats.

Among the clinches evoked by Jayawardene’s T20 success has been the thought that he makes quick runs “playing proper cricket shots” – that he proves batting fundamentals in the age of “not losing one’s shape” and “swinging through the arc”.

Yet, if he is an advertisement for old-world style, then he is its only poster-boy.

When we look at batting and fielding averages of Mahela Jayawardene in his T20 career, he has played 55 matches to clinch 1493 runs with the average of 31.76.

He has scored one century and nine 50s, including 173 fours and 33 sixers.

And he has become the first player to make 1000 runs in T20 World cup matches.

 

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