Javagal Srinath ( ) (born
August 31, 1969 in
Mysore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer.
He was a frontline fast bowler
for the Indian cricket team
retirement, being the only Indian pace bowler apart from Kapil Dev
to take 200 Test
wickets, until Zaheer Khan
achieved that milestone. At his
peak, he was arguably India's fastest bowler ever.
was born in Mysore in Karnataka.
He was attracted towards cricket right from
an early age. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in
Technology from Sri
Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore.
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
, now a selector for
the state team. In 1989/90, Srinath made his first class debut for
, taking a hat trick
in the first innings. He followed this
with wickets from 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 was selected to the Indian
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
He finished the tour with ten wickets at 55.30.
given an opportunity to take the new ball against South Africa in Cape Town, where he took an economical 4/33 in 27
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.
then made his One Day
International debut in the Wills Trophy at Sharjah in 1992.
He became the fastest bowler to
take 100 ODI wickets, reaching the mark 3 years and 19 days after
Srinath took over 500 first class wickets, playing for Karnataka
he took 96 at 24.06. In
1995, he joined Gloucestershire
took 87 wickets in his one and only season with them including
taking 9-76 against Glamorgan
. He has also played
English county cricket
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
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
Though his batting average is not impressive, he has played quite a
few scintillating innings and won matches for India with his
batting. He scored a vital 30 runs off 23 balls against Australia
in the 8th match of Titan cup series (1996) in Bangalore, thus
winning the match and securing a berth in the finals for India.
This innings contained 2 fours and a six. In the same series he
also scored a 50 against South Africa in Rajkot.
He retired from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup
in South Africa
in which he performed strongly
until the final against Australia, where he appeared to be
overwhelmed by the pressure of the occasion, conceding 87 off his
10 overs. 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.
In April 2006, he was selected as a match
by the International Cricket Council
and served during the 2007 World
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