Arjuna Ranatunga

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: December 01, 1963, Colombo
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Batter

Arjuna Ranatunga Bio

Arjuna Ranatunga, the stocky left-hand batter from Sri Lanka, will be forever remembered as the inspirational leader who guided his team to their greatest cricketing triumph – the 1996 World Cup win.

Ranatunga’s cricketing journey began at the tender age of 18 when he made his debut in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test in 1983. In that match, he made history by becoming his country’s first Test player to score a half-century. From that moment on, Ranatunga established himself as a dominant force on cricket fields all over the world for nearly two decades.

Known for his fearless approach and uncompromising attitude, Ranatunga never shied away from a confrontation. He stood firm with unwavering support for his players, most notably coming to the defense of Muthiah Muralidaran, the team’s spin-bowling talisman, in the face of allegations of throwing. This unwavering loyalty endeared Ranatunga to his teammates and fans alike, earning him immense respect.

Despite not possessing exceptional speed on the basepaths, Ranatunga possessed a remarkable ability to keep the scoreboard ticking over. His deft placement on both sides of the wicket and fluent drives through the offside were his trademarks. Additionally, his deceptive medium-pace bowling skills were always handy, although they were seldom seen in the later stages of his career.

Following Sri Lanka’s disappointing performance in the 1999 World Cup, Ranatunga lost the captaincy and eventually retired from international cricket a year later. Nevertheless, his contribution to Sri Lankan cricket is immeasurable. He transitioned into the world of politics but resigned from his post as junior minister for tourism in 2006 to refocus his efforts on cricket administration.

In January 2008, Ranatunga was appointed chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. However, his tenure was short-lived as he made several decisions that went against the grain, resulting in his dismissal in December of the same year. Undeterred, Ranatunga returned to politics, dedicating himself full-time to his political career. H served as Sri Lanka’s minister of ports, highways, and shipping in the mid-2010s.

Arjuna Ranatunga’s impact on Sri Lankan cricket extends beyond his on-field achievements. He played a significant role in elevating the status of the national team and cementing their place on the world stage. His leadership qualities, unwavering support for his players, and determination to fight for their rights have left an indelible mark on Sri Lankan cricket.

As one delves into the statistics of Ranatunga’s career, the numbers may not stand out as much as his leadership and resilience. However, his contributions to Sri Lankan cricket cannot be solely quantified by numbers. Arjuna Ranatunga will forever be regarded as a legend of Sri Lankan cricket and a symbol of unwavering determination and loyalty.

Arjuna Ranatunga Career Stats

Arjuna Ranatunga Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 93 155 12 5105 135* 35.69 - - 4 38 - 40 47 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 269 255 47 7456 131* 35.84 9571 77.9 4 49 - - 63 0
FC 205 295 32 11641 238* 44.26 - - 25 63 - - 108 0
List A 307 290 53 8491 131* 35.82 - - 4 55 - - 78 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Arjuna Ranatunga Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 93 56 2373 1040 16 2/17 2/20 65 2.62 148.3 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 269 135 4710 3757 79 4/14 4/14 47.55 4.78 59.6 1 0 0
FC 205 - 7096 3085 94 5/45 - 32.81 2.6 75.4 - 2 0
List A 307 - 5338 4255 98 4/14 4/14 43.41 4.78 54.4 2 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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