I got better by learning from mistakes, says Mahela Jayawardena

Mahela Jayawardena feels that captaining the country is much more easier than to lead an IPL side since the former is all about building a side over a period of time while the latter is all about short term thinking and changes accordingly.

updated: May 11, 2013 23:01 IST
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There's something essentially old-world and decent about Mahela Jayawardena that makes him an anachronism in the bright lights and snappy jingles of the Pepsi Indian Premier League. From being a prodigy - he was picked to play for a strong Sri Lankan team after just one good season of first-class cricket - to naturally slipping into the captaincy, then ceding it to his good friend Kumar Sangakkara, and then finally returning to do a stop-gap job when it was needed, Jayawardene has seen it all in cricket. Yet, there's still room for a bit more before he gives the game up. Excerpts from a chat with Wisden India:

You have a lot of captaincy experience with Sri Lanka. How different are the challenges leading the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League?

There are a lot of different challenges being thrown around. Purely the fact that you have so many quality players around you and only eleven can play is the first challenge. Then there's the cap on four overseas players and finding the right combination. There's also the fact that, unlike in a bilateral series, you're not playing a number of matches against the same team. Different opposition come up with different combinations and pose different questions that you have to try and answer. There's also the varied conditions from one set-up to another. As a captain, you have to come up with different plans and answers every two days. It's not easy, but it is fascinating.

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