|Full name||Russel Premakumaran Arnold|
25 October 1973 |
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Batting style||Left-handed batsman (LHB)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 68)||19–23 April 1997 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||1–3 July 2004 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 91)||6 November 1997 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||28 April 2007 v Australia|
|Source: , 2 May 2007|
Arnold made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1997 and his One day international debut against South Africa later in the year. Originally an opening batsmen, Arnold has since moved down the batting order. He is most famous in the pearl island as a utility and very versatile player, making him ideally suitable for the limited over version of the game. However, when he started his career, he was seen primarily as a solid top order batsmen where he impressed against Australia during the AIWA cup of 1999, as well as the subsequent Test series against them, where he batted at No. 3. Failure in the 2003 Cricket World Cup saw him sidelined for many months. However, he fought his way back into the side with a string of good scores in domestic cricket for his club, Nondescripts. A calm and cool player in a crisis situation, Arnold has dragged Sri Lanka out of many sticky situations. He is highly valued for his gritty qualities and is considered an unselfish team man. He is considered an ideal No. 6; he is a Methodist Christian of Tamil descent as is Muttiah Muralitharan.
Nicknamed "Rusty" by Roshan Mahanama and Pramodya Wickramasinge, due to it being a very common nickname for the name Russel, and also it complemented his batting style as tough and durable- though not really pretty.
During April 2007 he announced, through team manager Michael Tissera, that he intended to retire from international cricket after the World Cup final, which came as a shock to Sri Lankan cricket. He cited the pressure of too much travel as his reason.
After retirement, he played A-grade cricket in Sydney for Hornsby District Cricket Club and has also played numerous games for the Melbourne Super Kings in Melbourne. He was also coaching at Barker College, a prestigious private school in Sydney's north.
Arnold is now a popular television commentator and also writes a weekly Q+A column on Island Cricket. Russel also keeps his fans entertained using his iPhone app 'Ask Rusty' launched in 2012. It was launched in 2012 along with the T20 World cup. The iPhone app allows Russel's fans to ask questions directly from Russel Arnold. In addition, it consists of feeds of Russel's match predictions where the user can actively participate in voting.
- Debut: 1st Test, Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan, Colombo, April 1997.
- Highest score: 123 vs. Pakistan, Lahore, March 1999.
- Debut: Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, Lahore, November 1997.
- Highest score: 103 vs. Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, December 1999.
- "'Jayasuriya is King Midas'". http://www.rediff.com Rediff.com. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
- Cricinfo Player Profile: Russel Arnold
- Russel Arnold at Cricket Archive
- Russel Arnold's weekly column