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Javagal Srinath

Javagal Srinath (born August 31, 1969 in Mysore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a frontline fast bowler for the Indian cricket team until his retirement, being the only Indian pace bowler apart from Kapil Dev to take 200 Test wickets, until Zaheer Khan achieved that milestone. At his peak, he was arguably one of the world's fastest bowlers. One ball that he bowled during the 1996 tour of South Africa measured 156kph. He also clocked 154.5 km/h at the 1999 World Cup.

Srinath was born in Mysore in Karnataka. He was attracted towards cricket right from an early age. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore.Although Srinath was a batsman as a youth, it was in a club match that he caught the eye of former Indian Test batsman Gundappa Viswanath, now a selector for the state team. In 1989/90, Srinath made his first class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad, taking a hat trick in the first innings. He followed this with wickets from successive balls in the second innings. Srinath finished the season with 25 wickets from six matches, and took another 20 the following season. The second season involved a display of reverse swing against Maharashtra at the Nehru Stadium in Pune, taking 7/93 to dismiss the home team for 311 in response to a Karnataka total of 638 on a good batting track.Srinath was selected to the Indian cricket team for the 1991/92 tour of Australia. Making his Test debut against Australia at Brisbane, he took 3/59 while playing as the third pace bowler. He finished the tour with ten wickets at 55.30. He was given an opportunity to take the new ball against South Africa in Cape Town, where he took an economical 4/33 in 27 overs. Srinath ended the tour with 12 wickets at 26.08.

There have been other international sporting superstars before him. Leg spinner B.S. Chandrashekhar for sure. And there are others like golfer Rahul Ganapathy and Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna now. But for the frequency with which the words “Mysore Express” or “Mysore Missile” have adorned his name over a 12-year international cricketer, there is no more famous a Mysorean on the planet, at least in the 10 cricket-playing nations, than the Rama Vilas Road racehorse. And certainly, no one who in his modesty and humility despite his extraordinary accomplishments, epitomizes the true essence of the typical Mysorean. As somebody wrote recently, “The only thing un-Mysorean about him was his pace.”

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+1 #5 sandeep 2010-08-06 12:26
hats off..
+1 #4 Guest 2010-06-01 11:12
I had 2 lovely instances of Sri as a co-traveler hez such a wonderfull downtoearth person no air whatsoever,but both were eventfull, the first one was during his initial Ranaji days he had 2of his middle fingers from the bowling arm fratcured and he was returning to Mys by train for rest and the 2nd on in a those days Supa Dlx bus Blr-Mys where we were the only two tall guys whose head touched the roof of the bus and ppl did not knw much abt him and they were just lukin at us like we wer aliens
#3 Guest 2010-06-01 09:49
had the honour of playing with Srinath in our school time representing Mysore under 18 team. He was very very quick.
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#2 abhishek 2010-05-01 13:39
good one
-4 #1 2010-04-12 13:15
next pacebowler from mysore will be Aditya.B.Sagar[ N.I.E]!
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