Mumbai: There was rampant talk of the Sri Lankan middle order not firing, with Mahela Jayawardene coming under special scrutiny. The former Lankan captain has answered and how! When the top order skittled out early, Jayawardena held the batting together, mixing aggression with caution, to notch up an unbeaten 103 off just 88 balls.
There isn't a better occasion than the World Cup final to prove oneself. Mahela stood tall for his team against India when everyone around him kept falling.
One of the veterans in the Sri Lanakan side, 33-year-old Jayawardene made his debut in 1998, against Zimbabwe. Best known for his hand-eye coordination, Jayawardene has more than 9,000 runs in the fifty-over format and led his team to the finals of the 2007 World Cup. He resigned as the skipper after the ODI series defeat against India in 2009 to allow Kumar Sangakkara to take the reigns and condition the squad for the 2011 World Cup.