Mahela Jayawardene rejects Team India’s head coach offer

After the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2021, incumbent Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri’s stint would come to an end. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently on the lookout for a replacement for Shastri as the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Anil Kumble is one of the names that is being bandied about. It should be remembered that Kumble had previously served as the Indian team’s Head Coach, but quit owing to a feud with captain Virat Kohli.

According to The Indian Express, the BCCI sought to hire Sri Lankan cricket star Mahela Jayawardene as the Indian team’s Head Coach before approaching Kumble for the job, but he declined. According to reports, Mahela Jayawardene wanted to coach the Sri Lankan cricket team. In addition, there is a snag in the situation. Mahela Jayawardene is also the head coach of the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the BCCI plainly states that a person cannot hold another role while coaching an Indian team.

Mahela Jayawardene was a brilliant batsman during his time. The right-handed batting superstar played in 149 Test matches and 448 One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka throughout his nearly two-decade international career.

While he amassed 11814 runs in Test cricket, the master batsman amassed a massive 12650 runs in one-day international cricket. Jayawardene scored 1493 runs in 55 T20I matches as well. In international cricket, Jayawardene has a total of 54 hundreds, including seven double centuries. Jayawardene has also appeared in 80 IPL matches, scoring 1802 runs at a strike rate of 28.60. In IPL cricket, he has also scored a century.

On March 18, 2015, Mahela Jayawardene played his final international match for Sri Lanka against the South African squad at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).