The silken touch , the wristy skills ,the effortless disposition , all these adjectives can be easily used to describe the batting of the 5 feet 7 inches Srilankan superstar Mahela Jayawardene, who celebrates his birthday on 27th May today. 149 tests 11814 runs at 49 plus average and 34 hundreds supplemented by another 12650 runs with 19 tons in 448 ODIs and 1400 plus runs in T20Is with 1 century and a highly succesful captain in all formats. Enough of amazing statistics to put him in the league of legends in World cricket let alone Srilanka . His effortless centuries accross formats were a joy for the cricket romantics. Mahela hardly needed to introduce power in his game as his skills were based on sheer timing . With an uncanny knack of finding gaps to score, Mahela never needed to modify his batting style in a big way in limited overs game though he developed lots of cheeky shots in T20s to steal boundaries with ease. That way, he adapted easily in any format. He is the only cricketer since Tendulkar to appear in 600 internationals across formats and his humungous 624 run World record stand with Kumar Sangakkara vs South Africa in 2006 still continues to be the highest partnership for any wicket in first class cricket. And who can forget his beautifully crafted 100 in the World Cup 2011 final ?
A successful coach with Mumbai Indians in IPL , Mahela gave lots of joy to cricket fans across the globe with his graceful batting style .Srilanka is yet to fill the void after his retirement. Indeed it takes a lot to emulate Mahela’s achievements.
As Mahela celebrates his birthday , we take a brief look at one of his sensational 6 hit against one of the world’s fastest by clicking below link.