Javagal Srinath Biography

Javagal Srinath is a former Indian cricketer who recently retired from international cricket after serving the Indian cricket team with his outstanding bowling. Javagal Srinath was born on 31st August, 1969 in Mysore, Karnataka . He completed his education from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, obtaining a B.E. Degree from Mysore University. He also pursued his intense passion for cricket. Ever since he was noticed at a club match by former Indian Test batsman, Gundappa Viswanath, his career kicked off with his playing first-class cricket for Karnataka.

During his prime, Javagal Srinath was the spearhead of the Indian pace attack alongside Karnataka teammate, Venkatesh Prasad. Srinath was an outstanding right-arm pace fast medium bowler with devastating pace even clocking 157 km/h against South Africa (1996) to easily become the nation's fastest-ever bowler. He had the ability to dish out superb incutters, inswingers, leg-cutters, slower deliveries, bouncers and reverse swing with the old ball from amongst his pace arsenal, all bowled with a strong shoulder action. Javagal Srinath's sterling performances were clearly revealed through his breathtaking statistics, being amongst the world's greatest bowlers to reach a haul of 300 One-day International wickets, and the only Indian paceman, besides Kapil Dev, to take 200 Test wickets.

Javagal Srinath began his career playing first-class level cricket for Karnataka. He made his Test debut against Australia at Brisbane, in November 1991. Since then he has played in 67 Tests, scoring 1009 runs, and taking 236 Test wickets, his best being 8/86. He had several notable Test performances, which included his 6/21 against South Africa in Ahmedabad (1996/97); against West Indies (1994) at home where he took 5/60 to become the Man of the Match. Srinath made his One day international debut against Pakistan at Sharjah in the Wills Trophy, in October 1991. Since then he has played 229 ODI's, scoring 883 runs and taking 315 wickets, his best being 5/23. He has also appeared in four Cricket World Cups- 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003, after which he retired from international cricket.

Even after retirement, Srinath is involved with the game, nurturing young and budding talents at the MRF Pace Foundation and taking the role of commentator for the India-England Test series in 2006, and his recent selection as ICC Match Referee for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. For his immense contribution to Indian cricket, Javagal Srinath was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1996.