Javagal Srinath made his international debut in 1991. He played 67 Tests and 229 ODIs. Now, he is an ICC match referee. Srinath is celebrating his 50th birthday today (August 31). He was born in 1969
Bengaluru: Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath turned 50 today (August 31). Fans took to social media to wish "Mysore Express" and recalled the days when he excelled on the cricket field.
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When Srinath burst onto the scene, he was the fastest Indian bowler. He made his international debut in 1991. He played 67 Tests and 229 ODIs. Now, he is an ICC match referee.
During his career, he took 236 Test and 315 ODI wickets. He was part of the famous Test against Pakistan where Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets in an innings. Srinath deliberately bowled wides so that Kumble could claim "Perfect 10".
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After retirement, he continued to serve the game through commentary, writing newspaper columns and also was secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.
The official Twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wished Srinath a happy birthday. “The Mysore Express turns 50 today! A successful Match Referee today, here’s wishing our former fast bowler Javagal Srinath, a very happy birthday,” it wrote on Saturday.
The Mysore Express turns 50 today! A successful Match Referee today, here’s wishing our former fast bowler Javagal Srinath, a very happy birthday🎂 pic.twitter.com/7oog9PipVp— BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2019
The International Cricket Council (ICC) too wished the Bengalurean. “296 internationals 551 wickets 13 five-wicket hauls 13 wickets in the Kolkata Test against Pakistan in 1999 Happy 50th birthday to India's Javagal Srinath (sic),” ICC wrote on its official Twitter handle.
🔹 296 internationals— ICC (@ICC) August 31, 2019
🔹 551 wickets
🔹 13 five-wicket hauls
1️⃣3️⃣ wickets in the Kolkata Test against Pakistan in 1999 👏
Happy 50th birthday to India's Javagal Srinath 🎉 pic.twitter.com/SCDSyqJ2Gu
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote, "A fierce competitor, a good friend and a superb bowler with whom I played for many many years. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Javagal Srinath. Have a blessed year ahead."
Former India left-arm spinner and Srinath’s team-mate Sunil Joshi wrote, “Javagal Srinath, the name itself brings back so many memories right from Karnataka Ranji to test cricket! Tall and lanky bowler, who was feared by most of the batsman across the world for genuine pace and bounce. He still holds the record for quickest bowl bowled by an Indian!”.
In another tweet, he wrote, “Popularly known as “Mysuru Express” turns 50 years today. Happy birthday, Srinath!” Joshi described Srinath as “gentle giant”. He also tweeted old pictures of himself with Srinath, Kumble, and former India paceman Venkatesh Prasad, all from Karnataka.
ಜಾವಗಲ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ರ ಹೆಸರು ಕೇಳಿದೊಡನೆ ರಣಜಿ ದಿನಗಳಿಂದ ಟೆಸ್ಟ್ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ದಿನಗಳ ವರೆಗೂ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ನೆನಪುಗಳು ಮರುಕಳಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ವಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ "gentle giant" ಎಂದೇ ಹೆಸರುವಾಸಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದ ನಮ್ಮ ಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಬ್ಯಾಟ್ಸ್ಮನ್ ಗಳಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ವೇಗದಿಂದ ನಡುಕ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸಿದ್ದ ವೇಗದ ಬೌಲರ್. pic.twitter.com/VHDMLWPE4f— Sunil Joshi | ಸುನಿಲ್ ಜೋಶಿ (@SunilJoshi_Spin) August 31, 2019
Popularly known as “Mysuru Express” turns 50 years today. Happy birthday, Srinath!— Sunil Joshi | ಸುನಿಲ್ ಜೋಶಿ (@SunilJoshi_Spin) August 31, 2019
A fierce competitor, a good friend and a superb bowler with whom I played for many many years.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 31, 2019
Wishing you a very happy birthday, Javagal Srinath.
Have a blessed year ahead. pic.twitter.com/7o7e2ulvp7
Our proud moment back in 90s when we spotted him outside his house in Jayanagar, Bangalore. Our college was nearby. pic.twitter.com/gNtxghV9TS— Practical Indian (@Ayushman_D77) August 31, 2019
happy birthday legend !! Javagal srinath & venkatesh prasad my childhood favourite pace bowling duo. #HappyBirthdayJavagalSrinath— HK (@meharikiran) August 31, 2019
Wishing you for the century year, in this half century day🎂👏😊👍🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/KudHPtCffg— Dvsnsimha🇮🇳 jai hind🇮🇳 (@dvsnsimha) August 31, 2019
Srinath, Kumble were the Golden Jodi #indiancricketteam 😍😍— Debjit Majumder (@Dmeister89) August 31, 2019
Happy Birthday Javagal Srinath. pic.twitter.com/kRI4LW280v— Muthesh Dharma (@Muthesh_Dharma) August 31, 2019
HappyBirthday to one of Ind's best ever pace bowlers, Javagal Srinath.— North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) August 31, 2019
His 8/86 v Pak @ Kol, 6/21 v SA @ Ahmd are memorable.
Started off as an out-&-out pacer, added many skills (cutters, change of pace etc. to his armoury later).
In a sense, kept pace bowling alive in India. 💖 pic.twitter.com/O8iuYuvRlY
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