Great egos are not harmful if there is a culture and environment team: Mahela Jayawardene

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's big hitting Mahela Jayawardene He says there is nothing harmful in having players with big egos on a team, as long as you are able to get the most out of them in an ideal environment.

Jayawardene has achieved considerable success in leadership roles in recent years, first as captain and then as coach, and said he has always supported his players to the fullest.

Helping matters in a team game like Cricket Jayawardene was asked how he deals with big egos.

It is good to have that. It is not harmful. It's about identifying and making sure they thrive. Everyone has reached this level because they are good, right? So you try to get them to prove that. That's all you need to do, Jayawardene was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

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The 42-year-old man is one of the most successful captains in Sri Lanka.

Speaking more about managing players with big egos, he said: It's about treating everyone professionally and treating everyone with respect. It is a team culture that is created.

Once you create that culture, it is difficult for an individual to go beyond that.

The rest of the players will bring that person to the group level. If you haven't created that team environment then you may have a problem because there are no limits and people are adrift.

Under your guidance Mumbai Indians has won two titles in the last three editions of IPL .

He said experience is one of things that has helped Mumbai Indians thrive during his time.

We try to get everyone involved in the processes. The thing about Mumbai is that a lot of guys have a lot of experience. There are very few young boys, about three or four, but those boys have also played a lot first-class Cricket and they are mature players.

So you try to encourage everyone to contribute. It is always good for the captain to have ideas, and at the end of the day it is he who has to make the call, but the more ideas he has (from others), influences his thought process.

When asked if he ever felt a lack of control over the wardrobe in any of his leadership roles, he replied in the negative.

It has not happened. I am very honest with whatever I do. We can have brutally honest conversations. Nothing is personal with me.

You just need to cultivate that mutual respect. If the transparency is there and there are no agendas, the players understand it.

I also support the players to the fullest, either as captain or as coach. I'm always on the side of the players, he said.