Ravindra Pushpakumara

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Ravindra Pushpakumara
රවීන්ද්‍ර පුෂ්පකුමාර
ரவீந்திர புஷ்பகுமார
Personal information
Full nameKaruppiahyage Ravindra Pushpakumara
Born (1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 43)
Panadura, Sri Lanka
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 61)26 August 1994 v Pakistan
Last Test6 September 2001 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 77)18 February 1994 v India
Last ODI19 December 1999 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Colombo Cricket Club
Colts Cricket Club
Nondescripts Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 23 31
Runs scored 166 36
Batting average 8.73 9.00
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 44 14*
Balls bowled 3792 1430
Wickets 58 24
Bowling average 38.65 49.20
5 wickets in innings 4 -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 7/116 3/25
Catches/stumpings 10/- 8/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 February 2006

DeshabanduKaruppiahyage (Keith) Ravindra Pushpakumara (born 21 July 1975, Panadura), or Ravindra Pushpakumara, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer of Tamil - Sinhalese mixed ancestry. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler, he was a key member of Sri Lanka's 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team.

School times[edit]

Pushpakumura was educated at St. John's College Panadura.[1]

International career[edit]

Having impressed with Sri Lanka's Under-19s side, Pushpakumura made his Test debut in August 1994 against Pakistan, where he was noted as the fastest bowler Sri Lanka had had for many years.[citation needed]

Despite his pace, his variation on duller pitches was lacking, and thus he failed to get into the Sri Lankan side on a regular basis, his best bowling figure in a Test innings is 7/116 which he made against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club in 1994/95. Pushpakumara could be viewed as another fast bowling prospect which failed to live up to expectation from Sri Lanka; some started to call him "Wild Johnny" for his waiwerd lines he came up with more often than not. Pushpakumura's last Test was against Bangladesh in the Asian Test Championship. Since 2004 he has played Twenty-20 cricket.[citation needed]

International Records[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue Country Year
1 7/116 3  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare Zimbabwe 1994
2 5/41 10  West Indies Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown St Vincent 1997
3 5/122 13  India VCA Stadium, Nagpur India 1997
4 5/95 19  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare Zimbabwe 1999
5 5/103 21  Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi Pakistan 2000