Monday, April 12, 2021

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Suraj Randiv now works as a bus driver in Australia

Every avid Indian cricket fan wouldn’t forget Suraj Randiv. The former Sri Lanka spinner came under fire when he bowled an intentional no-ball which denied Virender Sehwag from scoring a century.

The gentleman’s game has witnessed cricketers doing something against the spirit of the cricket over the years. It’s because of these incidents, the bat-ball game is taking a hit at times, which is not good by any means.

The right-arm off-break bowler stepped over the line during his run-up while bowling against Virender Sehwag. The former Indian opener was batting on 99. He required just a run to score a century and he decided to do it in his own style.

When Team India needed 1 run to win the match, Sehwag stepped down the track and launched a huge six off Randiv’s bowling. But little did the Nawab of Najafgarh know it was a no-ball. So, his century was not counted in the first place.

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Suraj Randiv now works as a bus driver in Australia

As a result, he was denied an ODI century. Since then, Indian fans held a grudge against Randiv. He was docked his match fees for the game and was handed a 1 match suspension by Sri Lankan Cricket.

Later, it was revealed that fellow mate Tillakaratne Dilshan had advised and urged the spinner to bowl no-ball at Sehwag. Randiv did not play the next game against New Zealand. However, the match was abandoned due to rain.

What is Suraj Randiv doing now?

Former Sri Lankan spinner is currently residing in Australia and works as a bus driver. It is worth mentioning here that he was part of the team’s 2011 ODI World Cup squad. Sri Lanka reached the final where they lost to India at Wankhede Stadium.

Initially, Sri Lankan team management didn’t pick Randiv in the 2011 World Cup squad. However, Angelo Matthew’s unexpected injury opened the door for him to take part in the event. Suraj Randiv was one of the 11 members who played the intriguing 2011 World Cup final.

Randiv is currently working for a France-based transport company in Australia along with 2 other fellow cricketers namely Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Waddington Mwayenga. Transdev is a France-based organization that recruits 1200 drivers from diverse professions. Apart from plying his trade as a bus driver, the 36-year old spinner also plays cricket for Dandenong Cricket Club at a district level.

Australian cricketers namely Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle and Sarah Elliot represented the club in the past. Prior to the Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21, Suraj Randiv was called up by Cricket Australia as a net bowler to assist the Australian batsmen against spin.

“I was asked by CA to come and bowl against their bowlers and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity,” Randiv, who played all formats of the game for Sri Lanka said in a video uploaded by 9 News.

The veteran played 50 games for Sri Lanka

The 36-year-old represented the nation in 12 Tests, 31 ODIs and 7 T20Is. The veteran bagged 43 wickets in Tests, 36 wickets in ODIs and 7 wickets in the truncated version of the game. He took 1 five-wicket haul in Tests and ODIs. Randiv also represented CSK in the IPL. He played for the yellow army for 2 seasons where he picked 6 wickets in 8 games.


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