Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran

Country: India
Born: December 30, 1975, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium

Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran Bio

Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran, affectionately known as Kenny, is a former professional cricket player from India. Born on March 15, 1978, in Chennai, Kumaran’s journey in the world of cricket is one that is marked by both moments of triumph and setbacks.

Kumaran’s entry into the national side came as a surprise to many, as he was chosen largely based on his exceptional performance in the Irani Trophy match against Karnataka in the 1999-2000 season. In that match, he took an impressive ten-wicket haul, catching the attention of the selectors. This remarkable feat earned him a place in the national team for the tour of Australia.

Before embarking on the Australian tour, Kumaran was given the opportunity to gain international experience by playing in the one-day internationals against New Zealand. He seized this chance with both hands and proved his mettle on the field, showing that he truly deserved the national call-up.

During the tour of Australia, Kumaran displayed exceptional skill and performance in the first-class games leading up to the first Test. Many expected him to be included in the final squad, but to his disappointment, he was overlooked in favor of Ajit Agarkar. Despite this setback, Kumaran took this disappointment in stride and remained determined to excel in his cricketing career.

A testament to his dedication, Kumaran had received personal training from legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. He also had the opportunity to train at the prestigious Australian Academy in Adelaide, further honing his skills. With a solid foundation and a strong mental game, Kumaran seemed destined for success.

Unfortunately, Kumaran’s dreams of a long and successful international career were cut short by a series of setbacks. He struggled to recover from the disappointment of being dropped from the national team and within a year, he disappeared from the cricketing scene.

In 2007, Kumaran joined the rebel Indian Cricket League, seeking a fresh start to his cricketing journey. Playing for the Chennai Superstars, he emerged as one of the standout performers in the league. On his debut, he recorded astonishing figures of 6 for 21, a record in the league. With an impressive strike rate of 12.69, Kumaran showcased his undeniable talent in the fast-paced 20-over tournament.

However, in 2009, Kumaran made the decision to quit the Indian Cricket League along with several other Indian players, accepting the amnesty offer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This marked the end of his professional cricket career.

Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran’s journey in cricket was plagued with both success and disappointment. While he might not have achieved the longevity and international recognition he aspired to, his talent and potential were undeniable. Today, he stands as a testament to the perseverance and dedication required to make it in the highly competitive world of cricket.

Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran Career Stats

Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 8 3 0 19 8 6.33 27 70.37 0 0 2 0 3 0
FC 31 32 9 422 106 18.34 - - 1 0 - - 13 0
List A 40 19 10 124 30* 13.77 - - 0 0 - - 12 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 8 8 378 348 9 3/24 3/24 38.66 5.52 42 0 0 0
FC 31 - 4907 2510 98 6/39 - 25.61 3.06 50 - 5 1
List A 40 - 1900 1583 57 5/37 5/37 27.77 4.99 33.3 1 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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