Javagal Srinath Biography – The fastest paceman the nation could ever get, Javagal Srinath heralded the golden era of Indian cricket. With a powerful shoulder action, Srinath troubled every batsman that faced him through his astonishing inswingers, A benchmark for all the Indian pacers, Javagal Srinath had a decorated international career that lasted for over twelve years.
Javagal Srinath represented the Indian national cricket team in the Test and ODI format. He bowled Right-Arm Fast Medium and had a unique bowling action. Throughout his career, he had a disciplined bowling and clinical economy. He is considered one of the most versatile and talented bowlers India can ever get.
Javagal Srinath Biography – Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Javagal Srinath was born on 31st August 1969 at Hassan district in Karnataka. His father JK Chandrashekhar was a businessman whereas his mother Bhagyalaxmi is a homemaker. Javagal has a brother namely Javagal Srinivas and two sisters namely Srilakshmi and SriLatha. His village was named after his inherited first name Javagal.
Javagal Srinath started to play cricket at the very young age of 12. When he started to pursue professional cricket, Javagal mentioned that he never believed that he could play for the Indian team. He first represented his school team in his tenth standard. He made his debut for the Indian team at the tender age of 21.
- Age: 52 Years
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 75 kg
- Alma Mater: Marimapalla High School, Mysore
Javagal Srinath Early Days
Javagal Srinath played for his school team where he led his team at the U-16 tournament in 1985. Javagal led his school side to victory in his maiden tournament as the captain. Since then, his talent got noticeable by domestic selectors who called him for the U-19 State Team camp. This was the beginning of something big for Srinath.
Javagal Srinath Domestic Career
Javagal Srinath his first-class debut for the Karnataka state team in 1989. His selection was mainly based on his brilliant bowling performance that was observed by a state team selector in a club match. In a breakthrough for Srinath, the paceman claimed a hattrick in his inaugural match against Hyderabad in the very first innings of the match.
Javagal Srinath had an excellent debut season at the Ranji Trophy 1989-90. Srinath finished as the highest wicket-taker for Karnataka as he managed to claim 25 wickets in that season. Srinath returned with the same form in the next Ranji season 1990-91 where he once again showcased his brilliant bowling performance by picking 20 wickets.
Srinath also played domestic cricket for the Gloucestershire cricket club of England. He represented the club in the 1990 club season. He had a successful tour with the English club as he was successful in claiming 87 wickets in a single season. He registered a clinical bowling figure of 9/76 against the Glamorgan club.
Srinath also represented English clubs Leicestershire and Durham. He had a successful campaign for both the clubs as England stood his swing and pace destination. In his highly competitive domestic career, Srinath has bagged many wickets for the teams he represented. Srinath claimed over 500 wickets in his domestic career.
Javagal Srinath International Career
Javagal Srinath made his debut in the Indian national cricket team against Australia in 1991. He was called late but instantly made his debut at the iconic Gabba Stadium in Brisbane. Srinath was the third pacer that was introduced by India in the match and he was successful in claiming 3 wickets and registering a figure of 3/59.
After his fine show, Srinath was picked by for the rest of the series where he claimed 10 wickets with an average of 55.30. His successful tour against Australia proved his caliber at the international level. He grabbed an integral regular spot in the bowling department and was soon called for the South African tour in 1992.
Javagal Srinath was given the new ball against South Africa at the first test in Cape Town. Srinath proved to be effective with the new ball as he troubled the openers with his deviating swing. Javagal bowled economically and registered a glorious figure of 4/33 in his quota of 27 overs. Srinath’s successful South Africa tour ended with 12 wickets at an average of 26.
The Indian team played quite a few tours overseas and the majority of the action was now shifted back to home. Due to the Indian pitches favoring the spinners, Javagal had spent a couple of years on the bench. This was his only struggling period but it is rightly said that immense struggles bring in fruitful success and the witty period for Srinath was about to strike.
The Golden Era
World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev announced his retirement in 1994. This emptied a valuable spot in the bowling department that was rightly filled by Javagal Srinath. After a long time on the bench, Srinath finally made his first home appearance against West Indies in 1994. He had a successful debut at home after a mesmerizing performance.
Srinath picked up five wickets and scored 60 runs at a crucial stage as India won the first test and Srinath was awarded the Man of the Match award. Srinath had an impactful international career as he was the fastest Indian pacer to bowl at 157 km/hr speed. He successfully picked up more than 400 international wickets in his blissful career.
Srinath played his last test against West Indies at the Eden Gardens in 2002. His fighting efforts went in vain as he failed to pick any wicket as the match ended in a Draw. His last ODI match was the final of ICC World Cup 2003 against Australia where he was smashed for a wicketless 87 runs and India lost the finals by 125 runs.
Javagal Srinath Wife
Javagal Srinath married his first wife Jyothsna in 1999. The two knew each other a long time before their marriage. However, the two parted ways following a mutual divorce in 2008. The two had a private ceremony arranged in Mysore which was attended by popular cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
- Madhavi Patravali
Madhavi Patravali is Srinath’s second wife. Madhavi and Javagal met in England where the former was a copyrighter in an English daily. The two married in 2008 at a private ceremony where only their family and close friends were invited. The two share a good bond and are happily living together in Mysore.
Javagal Srinath Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Javagal Srinath is 25 crore. The tall paceman has earned a significant amount of his income through his professional career in India. He has featured in over 400 international matches and was also a part of the BCCI Commentary team. He is currently a Level I Match referee with the International Cricket Council.
Javagal Srinath owns lucrative assets in Mysore and around Karnataka. He has a lavish bungalow and a few premium wheels in his garage that include a BMW X7, Audi, and Mercedes.
Javagal Srinath: 2002 England Tour Controversy
Javagal Srinath was once asked to take a break from cricket before the West Indies tour in 2002. Upset due to the decision of BCCI, Javagal left India and started to play county cricket in England. At the same time, the Indian team toured England where he was also present. Srinath expressed his anguish to the media who in turn stirred up a controversy.
Javagal Srinath: Match Referee Career
After his retirement, Javagal Srinath worked as a television commentator before becoming an ICC Elite Panel match referee in 2006. Srinath has officiated numerous international matches including the prestigious world cup and test championship.
Javagal Srinath: CRED Advertisement
Javagal Srinath gained significant attention and popularity after featuring in an advertisement for the CRED app. Srinath featured along with his teammates Venkatesh Prasad and Saba Karim.
Javagal Srinath Records
- Javagal Srinath is the only Indian bowler to feature in four editions of the World Cup.
- Srinath has the best bowling figures on a losing side in Test cricket (13/132).
- Highest wicket-taker for India in ODI’s.
- Fourth highest wicket-taker for India in Tests.
- Highest wickets by any Indian bowler in World Cups.
- The fourth highest number of games as a match referee.
- Fastest ball bowled by any Indian bowler. (157 km/hr).
- Joint highest wicket-taker in world cups– India with Zaheer Khan.
Javagal Srinath Awards & Achievements
- Cricketer of the Year 1992
- Arjuna Award 1996
Javagal Srinath Facts
- Srinath was initially a vegetarian but started to eat non-veg food as a part of his diet.
- S Chanderpaul was the last wicket of Javagal Srinath,
- Srinath likes South Indian cuisine.
- Srinath also likes South Indian movies and his favorite actor is Rajnikanth.