Mahela Jayawardene to play 400th ODI in tri-series final against India

Mahela Jayawardene has scored 11,237 runs from his 399 ODIs, smashing 16 centuries and 70 half-centuries © Getty Images

Mumbai: Jul 11, 2013
 
Mahela Jayawardene will be playing his 400th ODI on Thursday when Sri Lanka take on India in the tri-series final. He will become the second Sri Lankan cricketer after Sanath Jayasuriya to achieve such a milestone and third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Jayasuriya in world cricket.
 
Jayawardene has scored 11,237 runs from his 399 ODIs, smashing 16 centuries and 70 half-centuries.
On the other hand, Tendulkar has played 463 ODIs and Jayasuriya played 445 ODIs. But both the batsmen have retired from ODI cricket, reports Times of India.
 
Earlier, he became the first fielder to claim 200 catches in ODIs after he caught Shikhar Dhawan in the slips on Tuesday.
 
Jayawardene who is known as one of the safest hands in the Sri Lankan team achieved the feat in the ongoing match against India. While there have been a few wicketkeepers who hold the distinction, Jayawardene is the first fielder to achieve the feat. The other players who are behind Jayawardene are Ricky Ponting (160), Mohammad Azharuddin (156), Sachin Tendulkar (140), Stephen Fleming (133), all of whom have retired from the 50-over version.
 
While Jayawardene tops the list, the other Sri Lankans who have a formidable record are Muttiah Muralitharan with 130 catches and Sanath Jayasuriya with 123 catches.