A World Cup final century for Magnificent Mahela

Mahela Jayawardena

Mahela Jayawardene raises his bat to the crowds after scoring a century against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. He is only the sixth batsman to have scored a century in a World Cup final and the second Sri Lankan, after Aravinda de Silva, to do so. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH.

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Marcian's picture
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"cometh the hour, cometh the man"...superb knock!

Michelle's picture
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3 April 2011
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7 years 17 weeks

Congrats to an excellent performance. I watched the entire thing on tv, it was just too good!

afrah's picture
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22 January 2011
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6 years 42 weeks

u were just awesome man

Sakala Bujang's picture
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8 April 2011
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We may have lost, but this man and his stroke play has been a great service to Sri Lankan and indeed all World cricket!

Josh Thomas's picture

"The" champion batsman!

Watch this: http://youtu.be/63dP_ZHPsDc -- I say, absolutely nobody has ever had the touch-of-class that this boy possesses.

In a study by the American College of Sports Medicine (1997) conducted on baseball players, it was found that the actual stroke/shot offered by the batter (i.e. which shot the batter selects in that split second between the ball being delivered and hitting the bat), was triggered by a psychological response in the brain.

That brain response goes through the rapporteur of shots known, selecting the best shot for what the eye tells the brain that the ball is doing. In cricket the range of shots are far more than in baseball where the ball always comes at chest height.

In cricket you can play behind the wicket, in front, square, on both sides, etc., which adds to the brains response time of selecting the right shot and providing the psychological trigger that powers the physiological response.

As a sports scientist, I can categorically state that, in Mahela we see some of the best shot selection response times, and the physiological ability to pull off each shot with perfection.

A batters "form" as it is known, is also highly relevant to this neurological process of being able to speedily select the right shot from the range of shots known and transfer that 'experienced' knowledge into a perfect physiological response.

Mahela Jayawardena has mastered his skills, and has the perfect neurological processes that make for the classiest batsman in the world.

KKW's picture

such a delicate player!

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