From the Archives: Mahela Jayawardena on dream debut and cricket in Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene wields his willow with the precision of an expert swordsman. Watching this diminutive batsman essay the delicate cut, the ‘fine’ flick, the expansive cover drive and the savage pull can be a captivating experience. Three key elements of batting surface when Jayawardene is waltzing in the middle. He plays the ball very late, invariably finds the gaps, and uses his feet exceptionally well.

The 24-year-old Jayawardene is in roaring form these days, with his two hundreds against India, at the Asgiriya Stadium and the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground.

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