Mahela Jayawardene was a very successful captain of Sri Lanka and guided his team to the World Cup final in 2007 before faltering against a formidable Australian unit. He always showed natural leadership flair and seamlessly transitioned from being a player to a coach.
He took over the reigns of Mumbai Indians in 2017 and since then the Ambani-owned franchise has lifted two cups in three years. Recently Mahela spilled the beans as to what made the team so successful. The former Sri Lankan great attributed the success to a very important factor.
“We try to make everybody involved in the processes. The thing with Mumbai is that a lot of guys have a lot of experience. There are very few young guys – about three or four – but those guys also have played a lot of first-class cricket and are mature players. “So you try and encourage everyone to contribute. It’s always good for the captain to get ideas, and at the end of the day it’s he who has to make the call, but the more ideas he gets (from others), it influences his thought process,” Jayawardene said during an interview with ESPNCricinfo.