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Height: 6’ 3"
Hometown: Mysore
Wife: Madhavi Patravali

Javagal Srinath

Full nameJavagal Romelu Srinath [1]Googly Cricket
Names earned• The Mysore Express [2]Cricbuzz
• Karnataka Express [3]News18
ProfessionFormer Indian Cricketer (Bowler)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 191 cm
in meters- 1.91 m
in feet inches- 6’ 3”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourNatural Black
International DebutODI- 18 October 1991 against Pakistan at Sharjah
Test- 29 October 1991 against Australia at Brisbane
T20- Did not play
Last MatchODI- 23 March 2003 against Australia at Johannesburg
Test- 30 October 2002 against West Indies at Kolkata
T20 - Did not play
International retirementHe announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket after the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
Jersey Number#7 (India)
Domestic Team(s)• Karnataka
• Durham
• Gloucestershire
• Indian Board Presidents XI
• India Seniors
• Leicestershire
• Rest of India
• South Zone
• Wills XI
Batting StyleRight-Handed
Bowling StyleRight-arm fast
Favourite BallReverse Swing
Records (main ones)• Only Indian fast bowler to appear in four World Cups
• World's best bowling figures (13 wickets for 132 runs) in a test match for a losing side
• Second Indian after Anil Kumble to take 300 ODI wickets
• Highest wicket-taker for India as a fast bowler in ODIs
• Fourth highest wicket-takers among Indian fast bowlers in Test matches
• Highest number of wickets in World Cups by an Indian bowler
• Second highest number of Not Outs after Steve Waugh in World Cups
• 4th highest number of matches as a match referee in ODIs
• Fastest ball bowled by an Indian bowler ever (157 kmph)
• Joint highest wicket-taker with Zaheer Khan in World Cups by an Indian and 5th overall
• Highest record for taking 5-wicket haul three times, equaling Harbhajan Singh in ODIs
• Fifth highest wicket taker in international cricket as a fast bowler
Awards, Honours, Achievements • 1992- Indian Cricketer of the Year
• 1996- Arjuna award, by the Government of India
Personal Life
Date of Birth31 August 1969 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023) 54 Years
BirthplaceHassan district, Karnataka
Zodiac signVirgo
Signature Javagal Srinath's signature
HometownMysore, Karnataka
SchoolMarimallappa High School, Mysore, Karnataka

College/University• Malnad college of engineering, Hassan, Karnataka
• Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (Mysore)
Educational QualificationBachelor of Engineering in Instrumental Technology [4]Crictoday
ReligionHinduism [5]Cricket Country
CasteBrahmin [6]The Times of India
Food HabitNon-vegetarian [7]Forward Press

Note: He grew up as a vegetarian; however, he started following a non-vegetarian diet on the advice of his cricket coach.
ControversyIn 2002, Srinath became upset when he was asked to take a break by the national selector after the West Indies tour. Later, he went to England, where he started playing county cricket, and during this time the national Indian team was also on a tour to England. In an interview, Srinath expressed his anguish over the issue. He said, "I think before the World Cup, we had toured West Indies Without my knowledge, the selectors told me I had to take a break. Generally, we used to have a talk and then I used to volunteer saying ‘look I need a break. But this time they just said ‘we’re giving you a break’ and that didn’t go well with me. Obviously, I was a little upset. I didn’t want my career to be played in the hands of anybody." [8]India Today
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateFirst Marriage: Year, 1999
Second Marriage: Year, 2008
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife: Jyothsna (1999)
Javagal Srinath with his first wife, Jyothsna
Second Wife: Madhavi Patravali (2008-Present)
Javagal Srinath with his second wife, Madhavi Patravali
ParentsFather- Late JK Chandrashekar (Businessman)
Javagal Srinath's father
Mother- Bhagyalakshmi
Javagal Srinath's mother
SiblingsBrother- Javagal Srinivas
Javagal Srinath's brother
Sisters- Srilakshmi, Srilatha
CuisineSouth Indian


Some Lesser Known Facts About Javagal Srinath

  • Javagal Srinath is the former Indian opening fast bowler who is widely acclaimed as the first genuine pacer to play for India. He was known for bowling consistently over 150 Kmph speeds throughout his career, troubling batsmen with steep bouncers and deadly accuracy.
  • He started playing cricket at an age of 12. The first time he led his school side was when he was studying in the tenth standard.
  • According to Srinath, while growing up, he never thought of representing the Indian national cricket team.
  • He completed his engineering after seven years of his international debut.
  • In his entire career, the maximum dismissal came in the form of Andrew Hudson, a South African cricketer.
  • Not winning the World Cup on a couple of occasions in 1996 & 2003 is considered the most disappointing moment in his cricket career. Reaching the finals of ICC World Cup 2003 was among the best moments.

    Javagal Srinath last ODI match

    Javagal Srinath in ICC World Cup 2003

  • Although Srinath was a batsman in his youth; however, on the advice of Gundappa Vishwanath, the then selector of the Karnataka state cricket team, Srinath turned to fast bowling.
  • Javagal Srinath took the hat-trick in the very first innings of his domestic career against Hyderabad in a Ranji match in 1989.
  • Srinath once revealed that Sourav Ganguly & Sachin Tendulkar were the best captains under whom he played.
Javagal Srinath with Sourav Ganguly

Javagal Srinath with Sourav Ganguly

  • The period between 1996 and 2001 was the golden phase in Srinath’s Test career. He picked 170 wickets in 39 Tests with a strike rate of 55.70.
  • Srinath had got a better record on the flat tracks in India than the seamer-friendly conditions in Australia, New Zealand, and England. He picked 108 wickets in 32 Tests held in India. His bowling average is better than some of the greats like Makhaya Ntini in South Africa, Darren Gough, Andy Caddick, and Dominic Cork in England.
  • His best bowling spell came against South Africa at Motera in 1996-97, when he took 6 for 21 while defending a total of 170 runs. Interestingly, the pitch was slow and was not considered suitable for pacers. Still, he managed to scalp the victims.

    Javagal Srinath against Proteas

    Javagal Srinath in a match against South Africa 1996/97

  • Srinath was the leading wicket-taker against South Africa during his career with 64 wickets in just 13 Tests at an average of 24.48. Interestingly, four of Srinath’s best series performances came against the Proteas.
  • There are only two non-Kiwi bowlers who feature in the list of 20 highest wicket-takers in ODIs in New Zealand. One is Javagal Srinath in the 14th position and another one is Wasim Akram in the 20th position. His record in New Zealand reads 43 wickets in just 22 matches.
  • The iconic spell of 10 for 74 by legendary Anil Kumble against Pakistan in 1999 would not have been possible if Srinath had not shown his selflessness attitude. He bowled wide of off-stump in the previous over deliberately, giving a chance to Kumble to get that tenth wicket.

    Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble during a Test match against Pakistan in 1999

    Javagal Srinath celebrating Kumble’s 10-wicket haul in 1999.

  • He has also got a better strike rate than most of the prolific fast bowlers in cricket like Curtly Ambrose, Shaun Pollock, and Chaminda Vaas. Not only this, but his bowling average is also better than Lasith Malinga, Brett Lee, and Jason Gillespie.
  • He became the third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs during the 90s. Only behind Akram and Waqar where he managed to pick 237 wickets in 174 matches.
  • He is one of the most soft-spoken men on the field. Once, his bouncer hit Stephen Fleming on his helmet after which he muttered some words. Fleming responded in anger catching Srinath off-guard as he was just asking if the batsman was okay.
  • He was renowned for his batting skills as well. He batted in top-5 on 12 occasions and scored four Test fifties and one ODI fifty with the highest score of 76. 
  • Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are the only batsmen with whom Srinath registered 100 runs partnership as a batsman.
  • Over time, his pace dropped a bit as he started to focus more on swings and cutters, which he disguised cleverly in ODIs. Despite the emergence of young pacers like Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan & Ashish Nehra, he was still considered one of the crucial bowlers for India. His contribution was significant in taking India to the finals of the 2003 ICC World Cup.
  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul was his last international wicket.
  • Post-retirement, he worked as a TV commentator. Later on, in 2006, he became a member of the ICC match referee panel.

    Javagal Srinath as a match referee

    Javagal Srinath as a match referee

  • He, along with Venkatesh Prasad, Maninder Singh, and Saba Karim, was seen in a CRED commercial.

    javagal srinath in a cred commercial

    Javagal Srinath in a CRED commercial