Ravi Ratnayeke

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Ravi Ratnayeke
රවී රත්නායක
ரவி ரத்நாயக
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Ravindran Ratnayeke
Born (1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 59)
Colombo, Ceylon
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 12)5 March 1982 v Pakistan
Last Test16 December 1989 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 25)12 March 1982 v Pakistan
Last ODI2 May 1990 v Australia
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 22 78 71 90
Runs scored 807 824 2,225 934
Batting average 25.21 14.98 28.52 15.56
100s/50s 0/5 0/1 1/11 0/2
Top score 93 50 107 51
Balls bowled 3,833 3,573 9,388 4,060
Wickets 56 85 133 98
Bowling average 35.21 33.71 36.77 32.82
5 wickets in innings 4 0 5 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 8/83 4/23 8/83 4/23
Catches/stumpings 1/- 14/- 18/- 15/-
Source: Cricinfo, 23 January 2013

Joseph Ravindran "Ravi" Ratnayeke (born 2 May 1960), is a Sri Lankan Australian businessman and former cricketer[1] who was ODI captain of Sri Lankan cricket team. Ratnayeke played 22 Tests and 78 ODIs from 1982 to 1990, his Test best bowling performance of eight wickets for 83 runs at Jinnah Stadium (Sialkot) Pakistan was a Sri Lankan Test record at the time, and was also vice captain to Arjuna Ranatunga.[2]

He left Sri Lankan citizenship in 1990 and is now Australian.[3]

Ratnayeke was described by Cricinfo writer Johann Jayasekera as able "to bowl with a lively pace and move the ball in favourable conditions", and also as "a competent batsman".[4]

School times[edit]

He was educated at St. Anthony's College, Kandy and later moved to Trinity College Kandy.

Domestic career[edit]

Ratnayake made his debut in first class cricket for Sri Lanka Under–25s against Tamil Nadu Under–25s in 1980–81. Opening the bowling with Ashantha de Mel, Ratnayeke took three wickets, and impressed the Sri Lankan selectors enough to go on tour of England in 1981. Playing six[5] of Sri Lanka's fifteen matches on tour,[6] Ratnayeke took nine wickets,[7] five of which came in one match against Sussex.[8]

When Sri Lanka played their first Test match in February 1982, against England, Ratnayeke did not feature in the XI, though Wisden Cricketer's Almanack said after the series that leaving Ratnayeke out "gave their captain an unbalanced attack in which only De Mel was more than medium pace".[9]

International career[edit]

He did play a tour match for the Sri Lanka Board President's XI, taking five wickets for 120, and when Sri Lanka went to Pakistan the following month, he played the first and third Tests and all three ODIs. Ratnayeke was said to "improve as the tour progressed" by Wisden,[10] though he was noted as a bowler who gave little support to Sri Lanka's main three.[10] Ratnayeke took three of Sri Lanka's seven wickets in the final Test at Lahore, which Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 120 runs, and also the wicket of Zaheer Abbas in the second ODI, which Sri Lanka won on scoring rate.[11]

After cricket[edit]

Ratnayeke retired from cricket at the age of 30, at the end of the 1989–90 season. Shortly after, he emigrated to Perth, Australia, where he played grade cricket. He and his family later moved to Melbourne, where he gained a job with Amcor, a packaging company. Ratnayeke currently lives in Rowville, Victoria, with his wife and two children, and holds Australian citizenship.[12]

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/42 6  New Zealand Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 1984
2 8/83 10  Pakistan Sialkot Jinnah Stadium Sialkot Pakistan 1985
3 5/37 13  Pakistan Colombo Cricket Club Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 1986
4 5/85 17  Pakistan Barabati Stadium Cuttack India 1987

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 West Indies Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 27 February 1985 50 (101 balls: 3x4)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[13]


  1. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/598345.html
  2. ^ Vaas: Lanka`s unsung hero from LankaNewspapers.com, retrieved 1 May 2006
  3. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/598345.html
  4. ^ Ravi Ratnayeke at ESPNcricinfo
  5. ^ First-Class Matches played by Ravi Ratnayeke (71) from CricketArchive, retrieved 1 May 2006
  6. ^ Sri Lanka in England 1981 from CricketArchive, retrieved 1 May 2006
  7. ^ First-class Bowling in England for 1981 (Ordered by Average) from CricketArchive, retrieved 1 May 2006
  8. ^ Sussex v Sri Lankans in 1981, from CricketArchive, published on 1 May 2006
  9. ^ SRI LANKA v ENGLAND 1981–82, from the 1983 Wisden Cricketer's Almanack, published on Cricinfo.com, retrieved 1 May 2006
  10. ^ a b The Sri Lankans in Pakistan, 1981–82, from the 1983 Wisden Cricketer's Almanack, published on Cricinfo.com, retrieved 1 May 2006
  11. ^ 2nd ODI: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore, 29 Mar 1982
  12. ^ Coverdale, Brydon (24 December 2012). "Melbourne's Sri Lankan connection". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  13. ^ "1984–1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship – 7th Match – Sri Lanka v West Indies – Melbourne".

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