Patience is a Virtue… Surrey Cricket
Arun Harinath, nicknamed ‘The Baron,’ has been involved with Surrey County Cricket Club since 1996, when he was only nine years old. He had to wait a few years before making his debut against Gloucestershire in 2009, scoring 18 and 44. Unfortunately, Gloucestershire won by an innings. When Surrey played Middlesex at The Oval three years later, he was more successful, making his debut century as Surrey won – by only eight runs!
Harinath is a local man, born in Sutton and educated at Tiffin School in Kingston. After reading psychology at Loughborough University (for whom he played six matches against county sides) he returned to Surrey, where he has been an unspectacular but popular and highly-valued member of the squad.
When he isn’t playing for Surrey, Harinath turns out for Sutton Cricket Club (as does younger brother Muhunthan). Arun’s highest score in first-class cricket is 154 against Derbyshire: in the same match he shared a stand of 180 for the third wicket with record-breaking former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
In all he has scored 12,800 runs, nearly 4,000 of them in the County Championship, including 26 centuries and 72 scores of 50 or more. As an occasional right-arm spin bowler he has also taken 25 wickets – albeit at a cost of 1,000 runs!