Full name Hewa Kaluhalamullage Suraj Randiv Kaluhalamulla
Born January 30, 1985, Matara
Current age 32 years 53 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Chennai Super Kings, Kandurata, Kandurata Maroons, Matara Sports Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Rahula College, Ruhuna, Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Under-15s, Sri Lanka Under-19s
Also known as Suraj Mohamed
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Rahula College, Matara
Relation Brother - MM Rasmijinan
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Jul 26-30, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (PSS), Nov 25-29, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Dec 18, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Sri Lanka at Birmingham, Jun 24, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Providence, May 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Sri Lanka at Bristol, Jun 25, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club v Saracens Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Feb 5-7, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Glamorgan v Sri Lanka A at Cardiff, Jul 9, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Kilinochchi District v Jaffna District at Colombo (PSS), Mar 22, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Sinhalese Sports Club v Badureliya Sports Club at Colombo (CCC), Oct 29, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Colombo Commandos v Galle Guardians at Colombo (RPS), Feb 5, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|16, 0/38||Kilinochchi||v Jaffna||Colombo (PSS)||22 Mar 2017||LA|
|5/65, 3, 1/47||Saracens||v Bloomfield||Colombo (Colts)||5 Feb 2017||FC|
|3/107, 11*||Saracens||v Badureliya||Colombo (Burgher)||27 Jan 2017||FC|
|0/52, 18, 0/46||Saracens||v Galle CC||Colombo (Bloomfield)||20 Jan 2017||FC|
|21, 6/85, 18, 3/60||Saracens||v SL Army||Colombo (Moors)||14 Jan 2017||FC|
|4, 3/87, 17||Saracens||v Moors||Colombo (Moors)||28 Dec 2016||FC|
|1/76, 52, 2/59||Saracens||v Colts||Colombo (Colts)||21 Dec 2016||FC|
|29*, 4/119||Saracens||v Ragama||Colombo (Thurstan)||14 Dec 2016||FC|
|13, 4/58, 34, 2/57||Saracens||v Burgher||Colombo (Burgher)||9 Dec 2016||FC|
|2/53, 8, 3/33, 5||Saracens||v Col CC||Colombo (CCC)||2 Dec 2016||FC|
A tall offspinner with gentle action, Suraj Randiv has eschewed the mystery balls many of his colleagues deal in and has instead forged a career reliant on flight, dip and, importantly, bounce. The topspinner and the arm ball are his only variations, and even his offbreak is not given to excessive turn.
He had begun his career as a right-arm fast bowler at junior level, until his school found that they had no spinner in their Under-15 side and he was called on to fill the void. Starting as a part-time bowler, he was soon picking up wickets on a regular basis and started representing Matara SC while still at school. Twenty-three wickets in four matches in the U-23 tournament in 2003-04 did not go unnoticed by Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene, who brought him over to SSC. He benefited immensely in the presence of Atapattu and Jayawardene, learning how to bowl under pressure and to different fields.
He picked up 55 first-class wickets in 2005-06 but fell away in the next three seasons. However, he struck form again in 2008-09, taking 43 wickets and an injury to Murali before the Galle Test against Pakistan led to a national call-up, and made himself the Test side's second-choice spinner. Though a wonderful fielder and a handy lower order batsman, Randiv has not been able to nail down a place in the limited overs sides, perhaps other slow bowlers have been more committed to developing a wider variety of deliveries, which are more highly valued in the shorter formats. His position in the Test side has lately come under increasing pressure from a talented group of chasing spinners, led by Tharindu Kaushal.
Saadi Thawfeeq and ESPNcricinfo staff
He changed his name from Mohamed Marshuk Mohamed Suraj in May 2009
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This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?