Matches (17)
IPL (2)
Pakistan vs New Zealand (1)
ACC Premier Cup (1)
County DIV1 (5)
County DIV2 (4)
WI 4-Day (4)

Full Name

Arjuna Ranatunga


December 01, 1963, Colombo


60y 141d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role







Stocky left-hand batter Arjuna Ranatunga led Sri Lanka to their greatest cricketing triumph, the 1996 World Cup win.

Ranatunga made his debut in Sri Lanka's inaugural Test at the age of 18, and made his country's first Test half-century. A dominant figure on cricket fields all over the world for nearly 20 years, he never shied away from confrontation, defending his players and their rights to the hilt - most famously Muthiah Muralidaran, the team's spin-bowling talisman, against allegations of chucking.

Despite his relative inability to scamper the quick single, Ranatunga had an uncanny ability to keep the scoreboard ticking over using deft placement on both sides of the wicket, combined with fluent driving through the off side in particular. He was a deceptive and useful medium-pace bowler, although his bowling was rarely seen in the later part of his career.

He lost the captaincy following Sri Lanka's poor showing in the 1999 World Cup, and retired from international cricket a year later, but his contribution to Sri Lankan cricket is immense. He moved into politics but In 2006 resigned from the post of junior minister for tourism to concentrate on his role in cricket administration. Ranatunga was appointed chairman of the cricket board in January 2008 but was sacked in December that year after he took several decisions that went against the grain, following which he returned to politics full-time, going on to serve as Sri Lanka's minister of ports, highways and shipping in the mid-2010s.

Arjuna Ranatunga Career Stats

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Photos of Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga watches the 2023 World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at theSLC office
Muthiah Muralidaran, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva in attendance on the opening day
Arjuna Ranatunga carries the World Cup trophy
Arjuna Ranatunga lost the election for the SLC vice-president's post
Richard Hadlee and Arjuna Ranatunga with the World Cup trophy
Chamika Karunaratne, the Sri Lanka U-19 captain, receives his cap from Arjuna Ranatunga