Current Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene is looking all set to try his hands at a new challenge. The legendary batsman is likely to become the head coach of Southern Brave, The Hundred side based in Southampton. The former Sri Lanka skipper has made a name for himself with the way he has led Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
In last three years, he has helped Mumbai Indians win two IPL titles to enhance his reputation. One of the greatest batsmen to have played for Sri Lanka, Mahela Jayawardene also had a brief stint as a consultant coach with the England team and recently turned down an approach to work with the Sri Lanka side at the World Cup.
According to ESPNCricinfo, former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond is likely to be Jayawardene’s assistant. Bond also works with Jayawardene for Mumbai Indians. The report further claimed that while the deals are not finalised yet, the talks are at an advanced stage. Both Jayawardene and Bond look set to be plying their services in England in the coming days.
Another IPL coach, Stephen Fleming, who coaches Chennai Super Kings, is also in talks to manage a team in The Hundred. Fleming is likely to be plying his trade for Trent Rockets.
Mahela Jayawardene represented Sri Lanka in more than 600 games across formats. In 2011, he led helped them to the final of the World Cup and had also scored a ton in the final. Three years later, he helped the Islanders win the World T20 by beating India in the final. Jayawardene is one of the finest batsmen to have represented Sri Lanka.
He scored 11,814 runs in 149 Tests at an average of above 50. In ODIs, he scored 12,650 runs in 448 games while in T20Is, he scored 1,493 runs.