||This article may be written from a fan's point of view, rather than a neutral point of view. (December 2013)|
31 August 1969 |
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Batting style||Right hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast medium|
|Test debut (cap 193)||29 November 1991 v Australia|
|Last Test||30 October 2002 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 81)||18 October 1991 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||23 March 2003 v Australia|
|Source: , 22 December 2005|
Javagal Srinath (Kannada: ಜಾವಗಲ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್) pronunciation (help·info) (born 31 August 1969) is a former Indian cricketer and current ICC Match Referee. He was India's finest fast bowler in the 1990's. He is India's fastest bowler(1996 South Africa Tour) and the only Indian fast bowler to have taken more than 300 wickets in ODI's. If not for the sub-standard Indian fielding unit of the 1990s, he would have ended up with a phenomenal record.
He was a frontline fast bowler for the Indian cricket team until his retirement, being the second Indian pace bowler after Kapil Dev to take 200 Test wickets. One ball during the 1996 tour of South Africa measured 156 km/h (97 mph). He also clocked 93mp/h at the 1999 World Cup. He is the leading wicket taker from India in Cricket World Cups, with 44 wickets in the 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003 World cups. He has taken 8 wickets in second innings Kolkata 1999–2000 test match India vs Pakistan and he took 35 wickets against South Africa in 6 test matches in 1996 – 1997.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career summary
- 3 Cricket World Cup
- 4 Career against South Africa
- 5 Career against New Zealand
- 6 Retirement
- 7 After Retirement
- 8 Match Referee
- 9 ODI Wickets
- 10 Test match wickets
- 11 Batting Statistics
- 12 Player of The Match Honors
- 13 Records
- 14 Awards and honors
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Srinath was born in Mysore, Karnataka. He hails from a village Javagal in Hassan district, Karnataka. He was attracted towards cricket right from an early age. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore.
He was married to Jyothsna in 1999 but mutually agreed to a divorce. He remarried in 2008 to Madhavi Patravali, a journalist.
Although Srinath was a batsman as a youth, it was in a club match that he caught the eye of former Indian Test batsman Gundappa Viswanath, then a selector for the state team. In 1989/90, Srinath made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad, taking a hat trick in the first innings. He followed this with wickets off successive balls in the second innings. Srinath finished the season with 25 wickets from six matches, and took another 20 the following season. The second season involved a display of reverse swing against Maharashtra at the Nehru Stadium in Pune, taking 7/93 to dismiss the home team for 311 in response to a Karnataka total of 638 on a good batting track.
Srinath made his One Day International debut in the Wills Trophy at Sharjah in 1991. He is also India's most prolific wicket-taker at World Cups with 44 wickets from 34 matches. He remains India's highest wicket taker in ODI matches as a fast bowler and only Indian pacer to surprass 300 wicket tally in ODI matches. Only other Indian bowler to achieve this feat is Anil Kumble who is a spinner.
Srinath then was selected to the Indian cricket team for the 1991/92 tour of Australia. Making his Test debut against Australia at Brisbane, he took 3/59 while playing as the third pace bowler. He finished the tour with ten wickets at 55.30. He was given an opportunity to take the new ball against South Africa in Cape Town, where he took an economical 4/33 in 27 overs. Srinath ended the tour with 12 wickets at 26.08. However, due to wickets in India being conducive to spin, he subsequently spent seven consecutive home Tests watching from the sidelines as India only fielded two pacemen. It was not until three years after his international debut, in late 1994 and with the retirement of Kapil Dev that Srinath played his first home Test, against the West Indies. He took five wickets and scored 60 in the second innings to be named Man of the Match as India won by 96 runs. His increased opportunities also coincided with an improvement in his batting, scoring two half-centuries in the series.
Srinath took over 500 first class wickets, playing for Karnataka he took 96 at 24.06. In 1995, he joined Gloucestershire, and took 87 wickets in his one and only season with them including taking 9–76 against Glamorgan. He has also played English county cricket with Leicestershire and Durham.
In the 1996–97 series in South Africa, Srinath's speeds were timed at 150 km/h with one particular delivery measured at 156 km/h. For many years, Srinath was India's only regular pace bowler, and the workload is often believed to be the partial cause of injuries, which forced him to undergo an operation on his right shoulder in 1997.
Some critics argue that Srinath's average and strike rate suffered as a result of bowling on the predominantly dry and spin-friendly wickets in India; however, his average at home was in fact superior to his average away from India: Srinath knew how to reverse swing the ball.
Javagal Srinath counts among the few fighter cum gentlemen in Indian cricket in the same league as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, and Robin Singh. Among his best friends was former teammate Anil Kumble. Srinath and Kumble got married on the same day. When Kumble was looking to take his tenth wicket in the India-Pakistan test in 1999, Srinath, who was bowling from the other end, was trying to bowl way outside the off stump to avoid taking the final wicket in order for Kumble to get to the record.Anil Kumble always gives full credit to him for his perfect 10 against Pakistan as Srinath bowled consecutive wide balls in test match to avoid taking wicket.After Kapil Dev, he led the Indian fast bowling attack for over 12 years. He was the 2nd bowler after Kapil Dev who took 200 wickets in Test Cricket and with his 236 test wickets; he is among the top wicket takers. He is also the top ODI wicket taker with his 315 ODI wickets and the first one to mark 300 ODI wickets for India. He was the fastest 100 wicket taker in ODI and highest wicket taker in World Cup (44). Who can forget his destructive spell of 6/21 against South Africa in 1996, which not only saved India’s certain defeat but bagged the victory as well.
Srinath made his One Day International debut in the Wills Trophy at Sharjah in 18 Oct 1991.he made his Test cricket on 29 Nov 1991 against Australia. he played 11 ODI matches and 2 test matches in the debut year and taket 14 ODI wickets at an average of 30.00
Srinath was selected for 1992 Cricket World Cup, even though indian team had a poor performance in the world cup srinath had taken 8 wickets at an econ 4.68, the continued to play for national team as a 3rd bowler in both formates of game from the year 1992. He played 6 test matches and 19 ODI for the national team, he was selected for Zimbabwe tour in 1992 srinath 3/35 against made Zimbabwe allout for 209 and india won the match by 30 runs
- 3/35 against made Zimbabwe
Srinath got his first man of the match award in ODI & test cricket in this year against South Africa in test match at Cape Town and against Sri Lanka in ODI at Kanpur.he had played 18 ODI matches and taken 34 wickets at an average of 19.00, he had taken 5 wickets in an ODI match two time in the year 1993,india won many match with srinath excellent bowling spell, he played 3 test matches in the year 1993 and taken 9 wickets at an average of 18.00 .
- 5/41, 3/37 & 3/41 against England
- 3/38 & 3/44 against Zimbabwe
- 5/24 against Sri Lanka
Srinath played 4 test matches and 23 ODI matches in the year 1994, he had taken 13 test wickets and 33 ODI wickets at an average of 25.00, srinath got his secondman of match award in test cricket against West Indies in Bombayscored 60 runs of 72 balls coming at 9th place and he had taken 4 wicket in the second innings
- 3/31 against New Zealand
- 3/32 against Australia
- 3/56 against Pakistan
- 3/34 & 3/42 against West Indies
Srinath became the main bowler in 1995, after the retirement of Kapil Dev, but due to injuries he played only 3 test matches and 12 ODI for the Indian team. With Srinath's spell of 3/24 New Zealand were all out for 145 in the 1st innings and India won the test match by 8 wickets, the remaining 2 matches was stopped because of rain, and in ODI he had taken 17 wickets, he received his second ODI man of the match at Mumbai against New Zealand
- 4/52 against New Zealand
Srinath along with Venkatesh Prasad used to open the match with a new ball, Srinath for the second time was selected for World Cup as a main pace bowler. He had a successful career in the year 1996; he had taken 33 test and 33 ODI wickets in this year. He received his 3rd man of the match in test match with his excellent performance of 6/21 against South Africa.He was used as a pinch hitter in the Titan Cup by then captain Sachin Tendulkar which paid off by scoring a fifty.India eventually won the Titan Cup.
- '53 (69), 4*4 6*1 against Sri Lanka
- 3/34 against Sri Lanka
- 3/23 against Pakistan
During the 1996–97 season he had taken 35 wickets against South Africa in 6 test matches, and in the year 1997 he had taken 22 test wickets and 15 ODI wickets, and 5 wickets against South Africa in Johannesburg
Due to injury problem Srinath played only 4 test matches in the year 1998, he had taken 17 wickets in test matches and 37 wickets in 19 ODI matches at an average of 22.00. Srinath had taken highest ODI wickets in this year, he achieved his career best bowling oin this year.
- 5/23 against Bangladesh
- 3/37 against Pakistan
- 3/40 against Zimbabwe
Srinath was selected for the 3rd time to world cup, he has a record of 11 Maidens in this world cup and his ECON was 4.26 during the world cup season, he had taken 11 wickets in the World Cup, Srinath has the world's best bowling figures (13wickets for 132 runs) in a test match against Pakistan 8/86 &5/46. He had taken a 44 test wickets and 34 ODI wickets in this year . He received two man of match awards in test matches in 1999 year both at Kolkata.
- '8 / 86 & 5 / 46 against Pakistan
- 6/45 against New Zealand
- 76(158), 4*11 . 6*1 against New Zealand
With the change in Indian captain from 2000 year Srinath was given less overs compared to Anil Kumble in test matches, he was mostly taken into team for ODI matches and for abroad test matches, he has taken 21 test wickets and 15 ODI wickets. He had taketn 9 wickets in a test match against Zimbabwe at Delhi. He received his last test man of the match in this year .
- 4/81 & 5/60 against Zimbabwe
Srinath was out of the team for many days during this year, with the emerging bowlers like zaheer khan, ajith agarkar, he stayed out of the team for few matches, he played 8 test matches and 15 ODI matches in this year, even though he played few matches he was successful in getting 33 test wickets in this year at an average of 27.00
- 6/76 against South Africa
Srinath's test career ended in 2002, when he only played against the West Indies and Zimbabwe, taking 20 test wickets. He also took 20 ODI wickets with an excellent spell of 4/23 and against New Zealand, he took 7 wickets for 87 runs.
Srinath wanted to retire even from ODI, but at the request of Indian captain Sourav Ganguly he agreed to play until the World Cup, and gave consistent performances in the World Cup, which helped the team reach the final. In the season leading to the world cup, he participated in India tour of New Zealand in January, a few week before the world cup, where he took 18 wickets in 7 matches.
Srinath played his last international in the World Cup in 2003, he was the leading Indian wicket taker in world cups and performed well in all matches from starting match till the final. He took 16 wickets in the World Cup at an average of 23.06 and Econ of 4.04. When Srinath retired from the international cricket he was at the 8th place in ICC Player Rankings bowlers with rating 701 points.
Cricket World Cup
Javagal Srinath is the only Indian fast bowler who played four world cups for India, he is the leading wicket taker for India in world cups with 44 wickets in 1992,1996,1999 and 2003 world cups, Srinath retired from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup in South Africa in which he performed strongly until the final against Australia, when he conceded 87 off his 10 overs in the 2003 World Cup final against Australia . But he had a good spell in the previous two matches where he conceded just 20 runs in 8 overs with an economy of 2.50 against New Zealand and just 11 runs in 7 overs with an economy of 1.57 against kenya in 2003 World Cup semi final. When he retired from international cricket he was at the 8th place in ICC Player Rankings bowlers with rating 701 points.
|Table: Javagal Srinath World Cup Statistics|
Career against South Africa
Srinath had a more successful career against South Africa than any other Indian player, he took more than 60 test wickets with an avg of 24.48 against South Africa, during the South Africa tour of India he had taken 17 wickets in 3 test matches and during India tour of South Africa he had taken 18 wickets in 3 test matches, only during the year november1996 – January 1997 he had taken 35 wicket in 6 test matches with an average of 24.94
Career against New Zealand
Javagal Srinath had successful Test match career against New Zealand both as batsmen and bowler, he has a batting average of 34.00 and scored 76 at Hamilton. he has taken 33 test wickets in 9 test matches with an average of 27.69 and in ODI he had taken 51 wickets in 30 matches with an average of 20.41
Srinath retired from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup in South Africa in which he performed strongly until the final against Australia, when he conceded 87 off his 10 overs in the 2003 World Cup final against Australia . but till the semi final 2003 World Cup his bowling average was 17.62 with an ECON of 3.48 .
Srinath had a good spell in the previous two matches he conceded just 20 runs in 8 over with Econ 2.50 against new zealand and just 11 runs in 7 overs with Econ 1.57 against kenya in 2003 World Cup semi final .
When Srinath retired from the international cricket he was in 8th place in the ICC Player Rankings bowlers with rating 701 points.
He toured England with the famous Lashings World XI team in the summer of 2005, and also served as a commentator for the India-England Test series in 2006. Once in an interview, 1992 World cup winning Pakistan captain Imran Khan said, after watching him bowl 150 km/h speed on Indian pitches, that Srinath is the most grossly underrated bowler in the world. It was Courtney Walsh who recommended Srinath to the county when he got injured and was asked to recommend someone.
In April 2006, he was selected as a match referee by the International Cricket Council and served during the 2007 World Cup. So far, he has officiated as ICC match referee in 24 Test matches, 122 ODIs and 25 T20Is.
Javagal Srinath is the fastest Indian bowler to take 200, 250 and 300 wickets in ODI and the second fastest Indian to reach 150 wickets. He is also the leading wicket taker at Sharjah Cricket Stadium where he had taken 39 wickets.
Javgal Srinath is one of the eleven bowlers who had taken 300 wickets in one day international cricket, and the onlyIndian fast bowler to take 300 wickets .
|Table: Javagal Srinath ODI WICKETS|
|#||Opponent||Matches||Wickets||Bowling aAverage||Best Bowling||Econ|
|1||Pakistan||36||54||30.68||4 / 49||5.04|
|2||New Zealand||30||51||20.41||4 / 23||3.93|
|3||England||21||35||23.68||5 / 41||4.38|
|4||Sri Lanka||28||34||28.02||5 / 24||4.41|
|5||Australia||29||33||36.78||4 / 30||4.89|
|6||West Indies||24||31||27.74||3 / 34||4.17|
|7||Zimbabwe||17||30||19.16||3 / 35||3.76|
|8||South Africa||33||28||50.25||2 / 34||4.84|
|9||Kenya||06||06||27.16||2 / 13||3.18|
|10||Bangladesh||02||06||07.33||5 / 23||2.44|
|11||Netherlands||01||04||07.50||4 / 30||3.27|
|12||United Arab Emirates||01||03||16.33||3 / 49||4.90|
- 5 wickets in innings — 03
- 4 wickets in innings — 07
- 3 wickets in innings — 27
One Day International 5-Wicket Hauls
|Table: Javagal Srinath 5 wickets ODI MATCHES|
|1||Bangladesh||10 January 1998||Dhaka||10.0 – 4 – 23 – 5||Man of the Match|
|2||Sri Lanka||7 November 1993||Kanpur||06.4 – 1 – 24 – 5||Man of the Match|
|3||England||26 February 1993||Bangalore||09.0 – 1 – 41 – 5||Home Ground|
Test match wickets
Javagal Srinath was the 2nd bowler after Kapil Dev who took 200 wickets in Test Cricket and with his 236 test wickets; he is among the top wicket takers .he has taken 8 wickets in second innings Kolkata 1999–2000 test match india vs pakistan and his destructive spell of 6/21 against South Africa in 1996, not only saved India’s certain defeat but bagged the victory too and he had taken 35 wickets against South Africa out of 6 test matches in 1996 – 1997 .
When the Indian opener Sadagoppan Ramesh tried to catch a Pakistani player, he was causioned by Javagal Srinath not to try and take a catch because Anil Kumble should take all 10 Wickets. This was revealed by S.Ramesh in an interview via 10 Sports; about the particular match "Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi in 1999″.When Kumble was looking to take his tenth wicket in the India-Pakistan test in 1999, Srinath, who was bowling from the other end, was trying to bowl way outside the off stump to avoid taking the final wicket in order for Kumble to get to the record. Anil Kumble always gives full credit to him for his perfect 10 against Pakistan as Srinath bowled consecutive wide balls in test match to avoid taking wicket"
Test Match Wickets
|Table: Javagal Srinath Test Match Wickets|
|#||Opponent||Matches||Wickets||Bowling Average||Best Bowling||Econ|
|1||South Africa||13||64||24.48||6 / 21||2.83|
|2||New Zealand||09||33||27.69||6 / 45||2.61|
|3||Zimbabwe||08||30||28.70||5 / 60||2.60|
|4||Australia||11||30||42.33||4 / 130||3.13|
|5||West Indies||11||25||40.88||4 / 48||2.75|
|6||Pakistan||03||17||20.64||8 / 88||3.47|
|7||England||05||17||38.47||4 / 73||2.93|
|8||Sri Lanka||06||17||28.88||5 / 114||3.24|
|9||Bangladesh||01||03||22.00||3 / 19||2.00|
- 5 wickets in innings — 10
- 4 wickets in innings — 08
- 3 wickets in innings — 24
Test 5-Wicket Hauls
|Table: 5 wickets in Test cricket|
|Javagal Srinath has taken 5 wickets in an innings 10 times.|
|1||Pakistan||Kolkata||16 February 1999||27.0 – 06 – 86 – 8
10 Wicket Match
|2||South Africa||Ahmedabad||20 November 1996||11.5 – 04 – 21 – 6|
|3||New Zealand||Mohali||10 October 1999||22.0 – 09 – 45 – 6|
|4||South Africa||Port Elizabeth||16 November 2001||30.0 – 06 – 76 – 6|
|5||Pakistan||Kolkata||16 February 1999||19.0 – 04 – 46 – 5|
|6||Zimbabwe||Delhi||18 November 2000||24.1 – 06 – 60 – 5|
|7||New Zealand||Hamilton||2 January 1999||32.2 – 10 – 95 – 5|
|8||South Africa||Johannesburg||16 January 1997||25.1 – 05 – 104 – 5|
|9||Sri Lanka||Galle||14 August 2001||24.5 – 05 – 114 – 5|
|10||South Africa||Bloemfontein||3 November 2001||33.0 – 06 – 140 – 5|
|Table: TEST MATCHBATTING|
|Javagal Srinath TEST BATTING|
|1||New Zealand||Hamilton||02 Janunary 1999||76(158), 4*11 . 6*1|
|2||West Indies||Bombay||18 November 1994||60 (72), 4*6 . 6*1|
|3||England||Birmingham||6 June 1996||52 (65), 4*9 . 6*0|
|4||West Indies||Mohali||10 December 1994||52 (96), 4*4 . 6*1|
|Table: ODI BATTING|
|Javagal Srinath ODI BATTING|
|1||Sri Lanka||Rajkot||29 October 1996||53 (69), 4*4 . 6*1|
Though his batting average is not impressive, he has played quite a few scintillating innings and won matches for India with his batting.In October 1996,Javagal Srinath along with Anil Kumble helped India to win a scintiallating ODI match against Australia in Bangalore in Titan Cup,thus securing a berth in the finals for India..The duo added 52 runs for 9th wicket partnership,after Sachin Tendulkar got out at 88 when India was 164/8,chasing a target of 216 runs.He scored a vital 30 runs off 23 balls. Srinath's innings including 2 fours and a six. In the same series, he also scored a 50 against South Africa in Rajkot. India eventually went on to win the Titan Cup.
Srinath had a good Test batting average of 20.00 when Mohammad Azharuddin was Indian captain, Srinath scored 3 half centuries and 76 runs against New Zealand, during 1994–1995 his test batting average was near to 35.00, Azharuddin promoted Srinath to being a top order batsmen, in many matches he came to bat as third and fourth batsmen along with top order batsmens Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Rahul Dravid.
Player of The Match Honors
|Table: Man of the match awards in ODI cricket|
|Javagal Srinath has won five Man of the match awards in ODI cricket.|
|1||Sri Lanka||Kanpur||7 November 1993||06.4 – 1 – 24 – 5||Sri Lanka 203 allout
India won by 7 wickets
|2||New Zealand||Mumbai||29 November 1995||06.0 – 0 – 22 – 2||New Zealand 126 all out
New Zealand lost 4 wickets for 38 runs
India won by 6 wickets
|3||Sri Lanka||Singapore||3 April 1996||10.0 – 0 – 35 – 4 & & 28* notout||Sri Lanka 187 allout
Sri Lanka Lost 4 wickets for 23 runs
India won by 12 runs
|4||Bangladesh||Dhaka||10 January 1998||10.0 – 4 – 23 – 5||Bangladesh 190 allout
Bangladesh Lost 4 wickets for 22 runs
India won by 4 wickets
|5||Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||10 March 2003||09.0 – 1 – 35 – 4||Sri Lanka 109 allout
Sri Lanka Lost 3 wickets for 3 runs
India won by 183 runs
|Table: Man of the match awards in Test cricket|
|Javagal Srinath has won SEVEN Man of the match awards in TEST cricket.|
|1||South Africa||Cape Town||02 Janunary 1993||25.0 – 06 – 51 – 2
27.0 – 10 – 33 – 4
|2||West Indies||Bombay||18 November 1994||13.0 – 05 – 37 – 1
20.0 – 08 – 48 – 4
60Runs ( 72 balls) 4 * 6, 6 * 1
|3||South Africa||Ahmedabad||20 November 1996||19.1 – 07 – 47 – 2
11.5 – 04 – 21 – 6
|4||Australia||Kolkata||18 March 1998||17.0 – 01 – 80 – 3
19.0 – 06 – 44 – 3
|5||Pakistan||Kolkata||16 February 1999||19.0 – 04 – 46 – 5
27.0 – 06 – 86 – 8
10+ Wicket Match, 8 / 86 & 5 / 46
|6||New Zealand||Mohali||10 October 1999||22.0 – 09 – 45 – 6
31.0 – 09 – 63 – 2
|7||Zimbabwe||Delhi||18 November 2000||35.0 – 09 – 81 – 4
24.1 – 06 – 60 – 5
- Srinath has the world's best bowling figures (13 wickets for 132 runs) in a test match (sum of both innings) while ending up on the losing side.
- Highest number of wickets in world cups by an Indian bowler
- Highest number of wickets in ODIs among Indian fast bowlers
- 3nd Highest wicket taker among Indian fast bowlers in test matches after Kapil Dev Zaheer Khan
- 2nd Indian to take 300 ODI Wickets,
- One of the 11 bowlers who has taken more than 300 ODI Wickets
Awards and honors
- Arjuna Award – 1999
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