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Full name Ranjan Senerath Madugalle
Born April 22, 1959, Kandy
Current age 54 years 243 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Nondescripts Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 25-30, 1988 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Manchester, Jun 16-18, 1979 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Oct 27, 1988 scorecard|
|List A span||1978-1990|
|Test debut||Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Karachi, Dec 1-6, 1993 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 1-5, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Karachi, Dec 24, 1993 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v South Africa at Sharjah, Nov 11, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC), Nov 15, 2013 scorecard|
An ever-present fixture during Sri Lanka's formative years in the Test arena, Madugalle was a stylish right-hand batsman whose career record perhaps does not reflect his talent. Making his debut in Sri Lanka's maiden Test against England in 1981-82, he made an instant impact, top-scoring with a composed 65 after the top order had surrendered.
Madugalle was a solid performer during his career though at Test level the large scores eluded him. His only Test century was made against India in 1985-86 season at the SSC - he was far more comfortable on home wickets - in Sri Lanka his average was a healthy 42.76, while abroad it was a paltry 21.50. He was only once on the winning side in his 21 Tests, and he led Sri Lanka in two Tests, although the experience was a trying one losing both to Australia and England, and suffering a lean spell with the bat.
He became an ICC match referee in 1993 and in 2001 he was appointed as the first chief referee. His easy-going exterior and charming personality are a mask for someone who has a reputation as a strict disciplinarian.
Martin Williamson August 2006
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