Picture of Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sinhalese Sports Club, Western Prov City, Western Province (SL), Western Prov North, Western Prov South, Young Sri Lanka
Roles played:
Skipper-ODI | Ex Skipper-Test | Batsman
Home country:
Sri Lanka
December 01, 1963, Colombo


The portly figure of Arjuna Ranatunga redefined the definition of conservation of energy by walking most of his 5000 odd runs that he scored in Test cricket. Add to that, the 7000 plus runs in ODIs, and the fact that he captained Sri Lanka in 56 of the 93 Tests, and 193 of the 260 ODIs he played in. Not only that, he defied belief when he led Sri Lanka to a World Cup victory in 1996, as under dogs, beating arch rivals Australia in the finals.

But even before that Ranatunga became the first cricketer in the history of Tests to play his country’s 1st and the 100th Test match. He was a stubborn character who knew his strengths, but more importantly circumvented his weaknesses by realizing the things he could not do as a cricketer. A no-nonsense guy, he was known to back his players to the hilt, as was the case with Muralitharan when he was called by umpire Ross Emerson, and then almost led his team off when the umpire refused to play ball. Ranatunga’s sour relationship with Shane Warne is very well chronicled, and it only worsened with time.

After a poor showing in the 1999 World Cup, he lost his captaincy and soon retired from the game, to join politics. He then moved back to cricket, becoming the President of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 93 155 5105 12 35.69 - 4 38 135*
ODI 269 255 7456 47 35.84 77.90 4 49 131*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 93 56 2373 1040 16 2/17 / 65.00 2.62 0 0 0 0
ODI 269 135 4710 3757 79 4/14 / 47.55 4.78 1 0 0 16
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 47 0 2
ODI 63 0 5
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 56 12 19 0 25 21.43
ODI 193 89 95 1 8 46.11


Sri Lanka Vs England at P.Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo - Feb 17, 1982
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo - Aug 06, 2000
Sri Lanka Vs England at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo - Feb 14, 1982
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Kenya at County Ground, Southampton - May 30, 1999