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Ravi Ratnayeke      

Full name Joseph Ravindran Ratnayeke

Born May 2, 1960, Colombo

Current age 58 years 23 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Nondescripts Cricket Club

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 22 38 6 807 93 25.21 0 5 1 1 0
ODIs Insights on odi 78 69 14 824 50 14.98 1571 52.45 0 1 14 0
First-class 71 103 25 2225 107 28.52 1 11 18 0
List A 88 75 16 929 51 15.74 0 2 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 22 31 3833 1972 56 8/83 8/108 35.21 3.08 68.4 3 4 0
ODIs Insights on odi 78 76 3573 2866 85 4/23 4/23 33.71 4.81 42.0 1 0 0
First-class 71 9394 4891 133 8/83 36.77 3.12 70.6 5 0
List A 88 3988 3174 95 4/23 4/23 33.41 4.77 41.9 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Mar 5-10, 1982 scorecard
Last Test Australia v Sri Lanka at Hobart, Dec 16-20, 1989 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Mar 12, 1982 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, May 2, 1990 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1980/81 - 1989/90
List A span 1981/82 - 1989/90

Ravi Ratnayeke was a player capable of genuine allround performances with both bat and ball in hand. A right-arm medium-pace bowler with the ability to bowl at a lively pace and move the ball in favorable conditions. To compliment his ability with the ball he was also a competent left-hand batsman in the lower order. As his career developed so did his batting, such was his ability he was asked to open the batting at test level and did so with success. Perhaps his greatest attribute was his tenacity and resolve, always willing to compete in a side that was usually less than competitive. Scripted into the side as a 21 year old, Ratnayeke was originally selected as a specialist bowler. On the unresponsive wickets in Pakistan he toiled in relative obscurity earning four expensive wickets and batting as low as No. 10. Wickets and runs were difficult to come by at first, but the selectors persevered and against New Zealand at the SSC he had a breakthrough when he took 5 for 42. The back-to-back series against Pakistan enabled Ratnayeke cement his position in the side with impressive displays with the ball and his ever improving batting provided valuable runs in the lower order. At Sialkot he produced a devastating display wrecking the Pakistan innings with figures of 8 for 83, the figures remaining the benchmark for all Sri Lankan bowlers until recent times. Pushed into the opening position on the tour of India in 1985-86, Ratnayeke responded to the added responsibility. In his debut innings combating the new ball he scored a remarkable 93 adding 159 with Siddath Wettimuny, later capturing 4 wickets in a superb allround display. In the second Test, as Sri Lanka capitulated he held firm top scoring with 54, upstaging his more distinguished colleagues. He completed an outstanding series capturing 5 for 85 in the final test at Cuttack. This determination and competitive nature was highlighted in his series against Australia. In 1988 he toiled manfully as Australia crushed the Sri Lankans, capturing 4 for 98 in 40 tidy overs. With the bat he scored 28 and 34 as the rest of the batting yielded. In the next series in Australia, the penultimate in his career, he batted with purpose and resolve scoring two fifties both when Sri Lanka were at their greatest need.
Johann P Jayasekera

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Apr 8, 1984

Ravi Ratnayeke bats against India, India v Sri Lanka, Rothmans Asia Cup, Sharjah, April 8, 1984

Ravi Ratnayeke bats against India

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