Sridharan Sriram

A doughty left-handed allrounder, Sridharan Sriram emerged from the junior ranks to set domestic cricket ablaze with some prolific runmaking.

Starting off as a left-arm spinner, he took 29 wickets on India’s Under-19 tour of South Africa in 1992-93. But it was as a batsman that he came to national notice, becoming only the third batsman to score 1000 runs in a domestic season, which – with the aid of five centuries – he did in 1999-2000.

He was given a few one-day internationals and failed to impress, but he was the most consistent opener in domestic cricket for a while. He transferred from Tamil Nadu to Maharashtra in 2006-07 but the following season, joined the rebel Indian Cricket League.

Initially with the Chennai Superstars, he moved to the Ahmedabad Rockets. He accepted the BCCI’s amnesty offer and quit the league in 2009, along with a host of other Indian players. He was signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL the following year.

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