Russel Arnold

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: October 25, 1973, Colombo
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Russel Arnold Bio

Russel Premakumaran Arnold, a talented and adaptable cricketer from Sri Lanka, has made a significant impact in the world of cricket with his ability to adjust his game according to the situation. Born on October 25, 1973, Arnold’s cricketing journey has been one of perseverance, determination, and resilience.

As a tall and angular left-hander, Arnold began his Test career as an opener and showcased his potential with solid scores. However, despite his early success, he lost his position to Marvan Atapattu as Sanath Jayasuriya’s partner. Undeterred by this setback, Arnold showed his versatility by transitioning into the lower middle order when he experienced a loss of form and confidence.

Arnold was presented with another opportunity at the top of the order in 2002 when Jayasuriya faced a dip in his performance. In a valiant display of skill and resilience, Arnold scored 62 and 109 during a challenging rearguard at Old Trafford. Although this series did not yield outstanding results for him, Arnold continued to persevere and secured a spot in the team for the home series against Australia in 2004, where he made a vital unbeaten 51 against Zimbabwe in his last ODI innings.

However, despite his strong performance, Arnold faced a period of exclusion from the ODI and Test teams in July 2004 as the selection committee sought to introduce new talent. Arnold was undeterred and worked diligently on his game, striving to excel in domestic cricket. His hard work paid off, and he earned a recall to the national team for the New Zealand tour in December 2004.

Throughout his career, Arnold faced competition from emerging talents such as Tillakaratne Dilshan. Although he lost his Test role after a disappointing tour of England in 2006, his experience and expertise allowed him to secure a place in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2007 World Cup.

Following the World Cup, Arnold made the decision to retire from international cricket and joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL). He represented the Chennai Superstars and the ICL World XI, displaying his skills on a global stage. However, in September 2008, a ban imposed on him and four other Sri Lankans was lifted, allowing Arnold to return to domestic cricket in his home country.

Beyond his exploits on the field, Arnold has also dabbled in radio commentary, showcasing his deep understanding of the game and his insightful analysis. His passion for and knowledge of cricket make him a valuable asset in the commentary box, allowing him to continue contributing to the sport even after retirement.

Throughout his career, Russel Premakumaran Arnold has exemplified adaptability, resilience, and determination. His ability to excel in different batting positions, combined with his safe pair of hands in the field and handy off-spin bowling, has solidified his standing as a respected and valued member of the Sri Lankan cricketing fraternity. With an impressive career spanning over a decade, Arnold’s contributions to Sri Lankan cricket will be remembered for years to come.

Russel Arnold Career Stats

Russel Arnold Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 44 69 4 1821 123 28.01 4084 44.58 3 10 222 3 51 0
T20Is 1 1 0 7 7 7 7 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 180 155 43 3950 103 35.26 5443 72.57 1 28 284 21 48 0
FC 168 254 22 9444 217* 40.7 - - 25 43 - - 150 0
List A 283 249 64 7246 103 39.16 - - 2 53 - - 95 0
T20s 4 4 1 63 24 21 51 123.52 0 0 6 1 0 0

Russel Arnold Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 44 28 1334 598 11 3/76 3/76 54.36 2.68 121.2 0 0 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 180 84 2157 1739 40 3/47 3/47 43.47 4.83 53.9 0 0 0
FC 168 - 10080 4682 158 7/84 - 29.63 2.78 63.7 - 4 0
List A 283 - 4387 3488 103 4/22 4/22 33.86 4.77 42.5 2 0 0
T20s 4 2 18 19 0 - - - 6.33 - 0 0 0

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