Full name Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene
Born May 27, 1977, Colombo
Current age 28 years 344 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Jayawardene is a fine technician with an excellent disposition. His arrival in 1997 saw the start of a new era for Sri Lanka's middle order. He went out to bat against India at Colombo in 1997 with the scoreboard reading 790 for 4 and soon had many big scores to his credit. A masterful 167 followed his 66 then on a Galle minefield versus New Zealand in his fourth match. A marathon 242 against India followed in his seventh Test. After the retirement of Aravinda de Silva he regained his confidence and took the batting position of No. 4. He was appointed vice-captain of the one-day side for the second time in his career in 2003 and has been named by the selectors as the heir to the captaincy after Marvan Atapattu's current tenure.