Mahela Jayawardene Names A Current Generation Bowler Who Could Trouble Him
Former cricketer Mahela Jayawardene is one of the greatest servants of Sri Lankan Cricket. A prolific, elegant and utterly classy batsman with a huge appetite for runs, and a calm yet authoritative captain, Jayawardene has served Sri Lanka for many years and took them to the pinnacle of success.
Jayawardene walks down the memory lane
With over 25000 international runs across the formats including 54 centuries, Jayawardena was one of the classy batsmen of his generation. His success was not only bound to one of format as he flourished across formats in various batting positions. His century in the 2011 ICC World Cup final against India at the Wankhede Stadium is still in the hearts of the cricket lovers. However, Mahela Jayawardene’s valiant effort couldn’t hand Sri Lanka the trophy as Gautam Gambhir, and MS Dhoni guided the host to the World title after 28 years.
In a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, Mahela Jayawardene revisited his journey and also made surprising revelations. During the conversation, Jayawardene was asked about one bowler from the current generation who could pose a threat to him. The Sri Lankan legend without a doubt named India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah who could have challenged him. Jayawardene has seen Bumrah from close quarters working at the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The young India pacer is currently the top-ranked ODI bowler and has been one of the best in the business. His variations and passion for success have taken him to the top position in a short time.
Furthermore, Mahela Jayawardene also revealed he sees a bit of himself in the current New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. The Black Caps skipper much like Jayawardene is calm and composed and focuses solely on his cricket. Williamson was in great form in the World Cup, winning the player of the tournament award.