Suraj Randiv, the former Chennai Super Kings and Sri Lanka star spinner is among three ex-international cricketers that are reportedly earning a living as bus drivers in Australia.
As per reports, Suraj Randiv is joined by his compatriot Chinthaka Jayasinghe and former Zimbabwean international cricketer Waddington Mwayenga, who are also working as bus drivers in Melbourne, Australia.
Suraj Randiv Was A Part Of Sri Lanka’s 2011 World Cup Final Playing 11 And Chennai Super Kings In 2011
The report further states that all three former cricketers work for Transdev, a company which employs more than 1,200 employees and offers transport services to the people residing in the city. The 36-year-old Suraj Randiv has played in 12 Tests, 31 ODIs, and 7 T20Is. He took 43 wickets including a five-wicket haul in Tests, 36 wickets including a five-wicket haul in ODIs, and 7 wickets in the shortest format of the game.
During his 2-season stint with CSK in the IPL, the Sri Lankan spinner picked 6 wickets in 8 games. He won the IPL in 2011 with the franchise and spent one more season in 2012 before being released. He debuted for Sri Lanka in 2009 and played for the Lankan team till 2016.
Suraj Randiv, who was a part of Sri Lanka’s playing eleven in the 2011 World Cup final, continues to play cricket for Dandenong Cricket Club at the district level and was also called up by Cricket Australia as a net bowler to assist the Australian batters against spin before the Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21.
On August 16, 2010, Virender Sehwag needed just one run to complete his century, and India too needed one run to win the match. Off-spinner Suraj Randiv was the bowler for Sri Lanka. He then bowled a no-ball – overstepping the bowling crease by a huge margin. India won the match, but Suraj Randiv’s no-ball denied Virender Sehwag a well-deserved century.
Chinthaka Jayasinghe Represented Sri Lanka In 5 T20Is And Zimbabwe All Rounder Waddington Mwayenga Played 1 Test And 1 ODI
Suraj Randiv’s compatriot all-rounder Chinthaka Jayasinghe, on the other hand, represented Sri Lanka in 5 T20I matches. The 42-year-old made his international debut against India in 2009 and was also part of the T20I World Cup squad in 2010. Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Waddington Mwayenga has only played 1 Test and 1 ODI.
In his Test debut against India in 2005, he scored 14 not out batting at number ten, and also took the wicket of the then captain Sourav Ganguly. The 38-year-old has also picked 1 wicket in ODIs. All the three former international cricketers, who are working as bus drivers, continue to practice and hope to play in the T20 League.