The former captain has established the Sri Lankan team gracefully and earned himself Awards like ‘ICC Captain of the Year 2006’, ‘Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2007’ and ‘ICC Spirit of Cricket in 2013’. He made 374 against South Africa which is till date the highest score made by a right handed batsman in the cricket world, which also considered as a chance – less inning to be ever achieved by any batsman in the history of test cricket.
Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene born was in 1977 on 27th May to mother Sunila and father Senerath Jayawardene in Colombo. He had a younger brother named Dhishal who died at the age of 16 because of brain tumor. This really affected Mahila, marking a pause in his cricket career because of his psychological depression.
Jayawardene married his wife Christina Mallika Sirisena, who is a travel consultant in 2005. The couple has a daughter together. Despite his retirement in 2015, the former Sri Lanka captain found ways to return to the field be it as a coach, a commentator or as a player as he is currently also playing for a few private teams.
Jayawardene started of his career by debuting in Test cricket in 1997 followed by his debut in ‘One Day’ International the same year.
He completed his schooling from Sri Lanka’s most prestigious school, Nalanda College Colombo. His father introduced him to the Nondescripts Cricket Club which runs Lionel Coaching Clinic at the Cinnamon Gardens where he learned the art of playing cricket. He even captained his school team, which started off with him in 1994, and was named Nalanda College Colombo First XI cricket team. His school cricket team really helped him to develop his skill and talent.
Domestically, he became a part of Sinhalese Sports Club in 1995. Soon after which he was signed to play overseas by Derbyshire in 2008 English cricket season in order to play in the first half.
Mahela Jayawardene Net Worth
Playing cricket professionally since his college years for various private teams as well Sri Lanka, the star cricketer has managed build an empire worth crores. Mahela’s net worth is estimated to be around $4.5 million US dollars as of 2017.
The former captain of Sri Lankan cricket team actively takes part in charity including his contribution to a cancer project named HOPE. He is the leading campaigner of the project, and wished to built a cancer unit in Maharagama (the only cancer dedicated hospital in the country) consisting of 750 beds. His is also seen donating money to several cancer hospitals including Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital located in Jaffna.
He is known to have coached in England cricket Board as the batting consultant for the team and was seen touring with the team around UAE for a match against Pakistan and during World Twenty20 in India. Mahela sometimes also works as international sports TV commentator, he did commentary on Headingley first test on England and Sri Lanka held on 19 May 2016.
Mahela is also known to play for a couple of private domestic teams including Sussex, Central Stags, Adelaide Strikers and Karachi Kings for whom he will be seen playing this year.
Mahela is currently playing in the Pakistan Super League for Karachi Kings this year under the captaincy of Kumar Sangakkara, who is also a former captain of Sri Lankan team.
However, Chris Gayle, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, are refusing to go to Lahore for the final match because of the recent terror attacks in Pakistan. The finals are said to be held in Lahore itself on March 3rd, and franchises are giving the team an option to draft new players in case these three opt out of the game due to security reasons.
Mahela was meant to be a cricketer, since the age of nine he has been practicing with great coaches to deliver the brilliance that one witnesses when he is playing. Despite his retirement he continues to follow his passion and contribute to the game in whatever way possible. His love and dedication for the game, is what makes cricket fans admire his game and lifestyle. We are just happy that he still continues to play even if it’s for some domestic teams.