Subramaniam Badrinath is an Indian batsman who hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was born on 30th August 1980 and has been a consistent performer for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy and even captained the side for a while.
He is a right-handed batsman and can also bowl right-arm off break. His technique is widely regarded in domestic cricket. He is known to play strokes with finesse and possess a cool mind that is required to wear out most bowlers.
He played mostly as a middle-order batsman and was nicknamed “Mr. Dependable” because of his consistency.
Badrinath was a big Sachin Tendulkar fan and stood out from his early days at school. He made his first class debut for Tamil Nadu back in 2000.
While he became a vital cog of the Tamil Nadu batting line-up with his performances, he didn’t gather any interest until 2005-2006.
Badrinath now represents Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy because of limited opportunities with Tamil Nadu.
He made his international debut on 20th August 2008, in an ODI against Sri Lanka. Chasing a lowly target of 143, he was a personified presence on the pitch and calmly saw off the winning runs for India.
However, the 27 not out scored that day remained his highest in ODIs as he failed to make a mark at the international level.
He made his Test debut on February 2010 and played just one more test match for India. He played one Twenty20 International for India in June 2011, and was adjudged Man of the Match for the game.
Rise to Glory
Badrinath came into national spotlight in the 2005-06 Ranji Trophy season, where he scored 636 runs from seven matches with an average of just under 80. He missed out on the top scorer position by 36 runs, having played one match less.
Following the performance, he was awarded the captaincy of Tamil Nadu. He put in another solid performance in the next season and was called up for the Indian side in the ODI series against Australia.
However he did not get a chance to prove himself as he never made it to the playing XI. He made his international debut two years later after his performances in the Indian Premier League.
He shone in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings with more than 1300 runs to his name in the tournament. He often had to play the role of the rescuer with his sound technique in a squad filled with power hitters.
He is widely regarded in the domestic circuit and has played 145 first class matches.
Badrinath has scored an impressive 10,000 first class runs and reached the landmark in 2016.