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Russel Arnold

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Chennai Superstars, ICL World
Roles played:
Home country:
Sri Lanka
October 25, 1973, Colombo


Always calm and composed under pressure, Russel Arnold's ability to play according to the situation made him one of the best No. 6 batsmen. His agility in the field and useful off-breaks provided Sri Lanka with a multi-utility player.

The gangly left-hander may not have been easy on the eye with his stroke play but he was pretty effective. He started out his career mainly as a top order batsman. Arnold made his debut for Sri Lanka, opening the innings in a Test match against Pakistan in 1997. It took him two years to cement a place in both the formats, and in 1999 scored his highest of 123 against Pakistan in the Lahore Test. Owing to inconsistent displays and rise of Marvan Atapattu, Russel was demoted down the order. In 2002, the southpaw got his second chance to come and play from his usual position due to Jayasuriya’s lack of form. He replied with the scores of 62 and 109, but, they were in vain as England still managed to win the match. After that, Arnold managed to play a handful of Tests before being dropped from the squad.

In the ODIs, ‘Rusty’ managed a better career, his gritty attitude saw him take the Lankans to victory from many tight situations. His solitary ODI century (103) doesn’t even begin to define his importance in the team in the shorter version. He still suffered the drop from the national side in 2004 as the selectors wanted to blood fresh talent. On the basis of strong performances in the domestic circuit, Arnold broke back into the squad in 2005 against India. His position was seriously under threat from the likes of Tillakaratne Dishan and the pressure spoke as he lost his place in the side again, following a disastrous tour of England in 2006. Arnold made his return to the ODI team on the basis of experience for the 2007 World Cup after which he retired from international cricket. He then joined the rebel league and was banned by the SLC for the same. Once his ban was lifted, Arnold resumed domestic cricket and took up audio commentary.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 44 69 1821 4 28.01 44.57 3 10 123
ODI 180 155 3950 43 35.26 72.54 1 28 103
T20 1 1 7 0 7 100 0 0 7
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 44 28 1334 598 11 3/76 / 54.36 2.68 0 0 0 1
ODI 180 84 2157 1739 40 3/47 / 43.47 4.83 0 0 0 36
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 51 0 1
ODI 48 0 12


Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Apr 19, 1997
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Marrara Oval, Darwin - Jul 01, 2004
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore Stadium), Lahore - Nov 06, 1997
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Apr 28, 2007
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006