Javagal Srinath turned 50 on Saturday. He is regarded as one of India's best as well as the finest fast bowlers of all time. Srinath was born on this very day in the year 1969. He now continues to be a successful match referee of the game. The former pacer had announced his retirement from the game in June 2002 but was recalled into the Indian side later that year and played till the 2003 World Cup after which he hung up his boots. India reached the finals but lost to Australia who went on to win their third as well as second consecutive World Cup. On the occasion of Javagal Srinath's golden jubilee, the fans came forward to wish the ex-Indian pacer.
As Srinath turned 50, birthday wishes kept on pouring in for the veteran pacer.
Sachin Tendulkar wished Javagal Srinath a very happy birthday on social media. Tendulkar took to social media and hailed the former Indian pacer as a fierce competitor, a good friend and a superb bowler with whom he had played for so many years.
Read Sachin's tweet here:
A fierce competitor, a good friend and a superb bowler with whom I played for many many years.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 31, 2019
Wishing you a very happy birthday, Javagal Srinath.
Have a blessed year ahead. pic.twitter.com/7o7e2ulvp7
BCCI and ICC took to their official Twitter handle to wish Javagal Srinath on his 50th birthday.
The Mysore Express turns 50 today! A successful Match Referee today, here’s wishing our former fast bowler Javagal Srinath, a very happy birthday🎂 pic.twitter.com/7oog9PipVp— BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2019
🔹 296 internationals— ICC (@ICC) August 31, 2019
🔹 551 wickets
🔹 13 five-wicket hauls
1️⃣3️⃣ wickets in the Kolkata Test against Pakistan in 1999 👏
Happy 50th birthday to India's Javagal Srinath 🎉 pic.twitter.com/SCDSyqJ2Gu
Javagal Srinath has represented India in 67 Tests and 229 One Day Internationals. He is one of the engineer-turned cricketers as the Karnataka fast bowler holds a bachelor's degree in Instrumentation. Srinath was the first Indian bowler to take 300 ODI wickets and was the second speedster to take 200 Test scalps after Kapil Dev. With 315 scalps, Srinath is the second-highest wicket-taker for India in ODI's after Anil Kumble (337). Srinath is also India's joint-highest wicket-taker in India World Cups along with Zaheer Khan. The 'Mysore Express' has taken 44 wickets in the four editions of the quadrennial event that he has featured in which include 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003 respectively.