Rumesh Ratnayake

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Rumesh Ratnayake
Personal information
Full name Rumesh Joseph Ratnayake
Born (1964-01-02) 2 January 1964 (age 53)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 21) 4–6 March 1983 v New Zealand
Last Test 2–7 January 1992 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 28) 26 September 1982 v India
Last ODI 1 December 1993 v West Indies
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 23 70
Runs scored 433 612
Batting average 14.43 16.54
100s/50s -/2 -/-
Top score 56 33*
Balls bowled 4961 3575
Wickets 73 76
Bowling average 35.10 35.68
5 wickets in innings 5 1
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 6/66 5/32
Catches/stumpings 9/- 11/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 March 2016

Rumesh Joseph Ratnayake (born January 2, 1964, in Colombo) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 23 Tests and 70 ODIs from 1982 to 1993.

During a career often blighted by injury, Ratnayake was a strapping right arm fast-medium bowler who was capable of swinging the new ball and generating considerable pace and bounce. He was also a more than useful hard-hitting lower order batsman, as Test match fifties against Pakistan and England testify.

One of his best performances came in the 1985/86 series against India, taking 20 wickets at 22 for the series. In the 2nd Test he managed 9 wickets in the match which gave Sri Lanka a rare Test win, and inaugural series victory. Other good hauls include 6 for 66 against Australia at Hobart in 1990/91 and 5 for 69 against England at Lord's.

After Retirement[edit]

In July 2001 Ratnayake became the administrative team manager for the Sri Lankan national cricket team.[1]

In 2003 Ratnayake was a development officer for the Asian Cricket Council[2] and was a coach and selector for the Asian Dream Team, a composite team of lesser Asian cricketing nations that played 6 matches in Sri Lanka that year.[3]

Ratnayake was in May 2007 linked with the Sri Lankan national cricket team assistant coaching job[4] with some saying he had been given the interim coaching job.[5] Ultimately it was the deputy's job that he was offered, and later declined in June 2007.:[6]

He has also recently offered his skills advising cricket hopefuls in Canada[7]

In August 2011, he became the head coach of Sri Lankan national team.[8]


  1. ^ July 25th, 2001 Retrieved on June 17th, 2008
  2. ^ Monsoon Rains force Reschedule, July 18th, 2003 Retrieved on June 17th, 2008
  3. ^ [1]Retrieved on June 17th, 2008
  4. ^ Rumesh to take over as assistant coach Sunday Times newspaper (Sri Lanka) Sunday May 20th, 2007 Retrieved on June 17th, 2008
  5. ^ Rumesh Ratnayake: Interim Coach of Sri Lanka, May 20th, 2007 Retrieved on June 17th, 2008
  6. ^ Whither the future, Marvan, Rumesh? The Sunday Leader Vol. 14 Issue 2, July 1, 2007 Retrieved on June 17, 2008
  7. ^ Ratnayake conducts camp Caledon Enterprise newspaper (Ontario, Canada), June 5th, 2008 Retrieved on June 17th, 2008
  8. ^ [2], Aug 3rd, 2011 Retrieved on Aug 3rd, 2011

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