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What Happened to Srilankan World Cup finalist Suraj Randiv?

Former Off-spinner Suraj Randiv last played for the Srilankan team in 2016 since then Randiv hasn't been in the mix. Randiv has played 50 international matches for the Lankans across all formats.

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Last updated: 01.03.2021
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Former Off-spinner Suraj Randiv last played for the Srilankan team in 2016 since then Randiv hasn't been in the mix. Randiv has played 50 international matches for the Lankans across all formats.


Randiv is also well known for intentionally bowling a no-ball to deny Virender Sehwag a century. This happened on 16 August 2010, Randiv overstepped the bowling mark by a significant margin to Virender Sehwag who was batting on 99 that ensured a victory for India in the ODI which was part of the tri-series, while denying Sehwag a chance to score a century. Sehwag hit the ball for six but as the winning run was registered as soon as the umpire signalled no-ball, Sehwag's shot was deemed to have been made after the end of the match. Randiv later apologised to Sehwag for use of the tactic; he was docked his match fees for the game and handed a one-match suspension by Sri Lanka Cricket. It was revealed that fellow mate Tillakaratne Dilshan advised and urged Randiv to bowl no-ball at Sehwag.


After being dropped from the national team he played for Coleraine Cricket Club in Northern Ireland as their designated professional cricketer. After migrating to Australia, he went on to play at district level competitions in Australia. He plays for Dandenong Cricket Club. In December 2020, he was invited by Cricket Australia for a temporary role as a net bowler to bowl at the Australian cricketers in the nets ahead of their home test series against India. 

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Suraj Randiv now works as a bus driver in Melbourne to make ends meet.

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