Jayawardene joins 12,000 runs club

Brilliant Mahela Jayawardene crosses 12,000 runs in ODI cricket


Sri Lankan batting sensation Mahela Jayawardene, passed 12,000 runs in One-Day Internationals after scoring hundred in a 3rd ODI against India in Hyderabad on Sunday. In his 118 runs of innings off just 124 deliveries, he scored 12 boundaries and a six. Jayawardene became the fifth batsman in the history of the game to score 12,000 runs in ODI cricket.

He overtook former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had scored 11,739 runs. Jayawardene with 12,002 runs also became the third Sri Lankan in the top five list of highest ODI run-getters after Sanath Jayasuriya 13,430 runs and kumar Sangakara 12,918 runs by the Lankan batsman.

Former India maestro Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 18,426 runs, followed by ex- Australia skipper Ricky Ponting who has 13,704 runs.

Jayawardene was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup2011 Cricket World Cup2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20. In 2006, Jayawardene was named by the International Cricket Council as the best international captain of the year and he was nominated in 2007 as the best Test cricket player of the year.

On 25 February 2014 in an Asia Cup fixture against Pakistan, Mahela Jayawardene became only the 2nd cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to appear in 600 international matches.

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