Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1996
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Mysore, Karnataka, India
Javagal Srinath was a frontline fast bowler for the Indian cricket team and the second Indian pace bowler after Kapil Dev to take 200 Test wickets. Like Sachin, he is regarded as the perfect gentleman of this ‘Gentlemen game of cricket’. He is the leading wicket taker from India in Cricket World Cups, with 44 wickets from 4 World cups – 1992 to 2003 where he played 34 matches. 35 wickets against South Africa in 6 test matches in 1996 – 1997 and 8 wickets in second innings in 1999–2000 test match with Pakistan are recorded among his outstanding performances. He has also taken more than 500 first class wickets.
He was born on 31 August 1969 in Mysore, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India. He was attracted towards cricket right from an early age. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysuru. In 1989/90, Srinath made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad. He took a hat-trick in his debut game. Srinath finished the season with 25 wickets from six matches and he retained his form in following seasons too. Srinath made his One Day International debut in the Wills Trophy at Sharjah in 1991. He debut test cricket against Australia in 1991-92 Australia tour where he got 3 wickets in the first innings. In 1996, he received the Arjuna Award. He served Indian team as the back bone of fast bowling for more than a decade and retired in 2002.