This Indian engineer created havoc on the field by becoming a cricketer, then became the match referee

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New Delhi: Javagal Srinath, a former fast bowler of the Indian cricket team and currently the ICC match referee, is considered one of the best fast bowlers in India. Srinath has taken more than 300 wickets in ODIs. Javagal Srinath, who was famous as the fastest Indian bowler during his career, is celebrating his 52nd birthday today i.e. on 31st August.

engineer-turned-cricketer

Srinath made his Test debut against Australia in 1991 and played his last ODI match against Australia in 2003. He did his engineering degree in instrumental technology from Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore. In 1999, Srinath was awarded the Arjuna Award. At present, Javagal Srinath is considered the most prestigious match referee of the ICC. Although many records of Indian cricket are associated in the name of Srinath, but on the occasion of his birthday, we would like to tell you about those 5 special records, which have never been broken.

Had already taken hat-trick in first-class match

Javagal Srinath holds the record for making a first-class debut by scoring a hat-trick in his very first Ranji Trophy match. Only 3 bowlers in the world have been able to do this feat. Srinath did this charisma while playing for Karnataka against Hyderabad in the year 1989. He is the only Indian bowler to do so.

Most ODI wickets by Indian fast bowler

Srinath took 315 wickets in 229 ODIs in his career, which is still the record for the most wickets in limited overs cricket by any Indian fast bowler. In ODIs, he is still the second number Indian bowler in terms of wickets after Anil Kumble. Kumble has 334 wickets in 269 matches in his name. Srinath, who took 236 wickets in 67 Test matches, was the second fastest bowler in terms of international wickets for India after Kapil Dev at the time of his retirement. Later Zaheer Khan left them behind.

Most wickets for India in World Cup

Srinath played 4 ICC ODI World Cups in his career. In these World Cups played in the years 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003, Srinath has 44 wickets in his name, which is the record for the most wickets by an Indian bowler. Later Zaheer Khan also equaled his record by completing 44 wickets, but could not break it.

Best fast bowling performance against Pakistan

Srinath took 13 wickets for 132 runs against Pakistan in the 1999 Kolkata Test match, which is the third best bowling performance by India against Pakistan. The bowling better than Srinath is recorded in the name of leg-spinner Anil Kumble and drab spinner Vinoo Mankad. In such a situation, the record of best fast bowling performance from India belongs to Srinath, which could not be broken. In terms of best performance in the innings, Srinath, who has 8/86, comes second only to Kapil Dev with 8/85.

Best Indian fast bowler against South Africa

Srinath, while bowling in the fourth innings against South Africa in the 1996 Ahmedabad Test, dismissed the visiting team for just 105 runs chasing a target of 170 runs. Srinath took 6 wickets for 21 runs, which is the best bowling performance by any Indian fast bowler against South Africa till date.

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