Fielders chasing the ball when Mahela Jayawardene hits a bowler to the boundary are a common sight, but in the Pearls Golf Premier League (GPL) it is the Sri Lankan captain who can be seen following his team Colombo 6’s.
Jayawardene’s team comprises Mithun Parera of Sri Lanka, Jason Knutzon of the United States, Simon Dyson of England and India’s Chiragh Kumar.
In the first round of the event on Friday, Jayawardene, for most part of the 14-hole round, drove a golf cart and watched the progress of his teammates.
“I am enjoying my new role. Following my team on a golf course is a new kind of experience for me and I am hoping that Colombo 6’s does well,” Jayawardene told MAIL TODAY.
Asked why, despite being a cricketer he chose to own a golf team, Jayawardene said he had developed a love for the latter in the last seven years. “It’s because golf is not strange to me and I love the sport very much.
At times, the hectic schedule of cricket series makes our job tiresome. Golf works as a solace, as it helps me relax my mind and I feel rejuvenated,” said Jayawardene.
Like former India captain Kapil Dev, who is a regular feature at the Pro-Ams and corporate tournaments in Delhi and NCR, Jayawardene is also known as an avid golfer in Sri Lanka and often plays the game.
“I picked the game six-seven years back and became so addicted to it that I started playing golf whenever I got time from my cricketing duties, especially during the foreign tours,” he said.
“But in the off season when there is no cricketing assignment I play golf once or twice a week, mostly at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.” (Daily Mail)