Of all the disciplines in cricket, fielding is, perhaps, the least recognised. Sure, catches win matches and all that but excellence in the field doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the XI. Batting is the eternal main event, bowling gets the respect it deserves, wicketkeeping draws sympathy every now and then, but good ‘ol fielding doesn’t always receive its due.
Jayawardene had to contend with low, turning subcontinental pitches for most of his career. And he was simply outstanding as a slip fielder to spinners, none more so than the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan.