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10th August 2000: Ranatunga Calls it a Day on International Career

Cricketnext Staff |August 10, 2018, 10:25 AM IST
10th August 2000: Ranatunga Calls it a Day on International Career

Arjuna Ranatunga is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to don the Sri Lankan colours. The pudgy southpaw was known for his leadership skills as much as his batting, and led his side to unparalleled success during his time at helm.

On this day way back in 2000, Ranatunga bid adieu to the game and pulled down the curtains on a hugely decorated career.

Ranatunga made his debut against England in 1982 and scored 42 to announce his arrival on the biggest stage. In the same month he made his Test debut as well, against the same opposition.

Ranatunga went onto play 93 Tests for Sri Lanka and scored 5105 runs. He also featured in 269 ODIs for the Asian giants and scored 7456 runs. In all, the legendary cricketer gave close to two decades of his life to international cricket.

He also holds the unique record of playing in the country's first and the 100th Test. To go with that Ranatunga is the first Sri Lankan to slam the first Test half-century.

But undoubtedly, his biggest moment came when he took his side to their maiden World Cup triumph in 1996. The Lankans crushed the best in the business and beat the likes of India and Australia to lift their first world title at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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