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Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad
Personal information
Full name Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad
Born (1969-08-05) 5 August 1969
Bangalore, Karnataka
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 204) 7 June 1996 v England
Last Test 29 August 2001 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 89) 2 April 1994 v New Zealand
Last ODI 17 October 2001 v Kenya
Domestic team information
Years Team
1991-2003 Karnataka
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 33 161 123 236
Runs scored 203 221 892 304
Batting average 7.51 6.90 10.02 6.46
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 30* 19 37 20
Balls bowled 7041 8129 22222 11951
Wickets 96 196 361 295
Bowling average 35.00 32.30 27.75 29.72
5 wickets in innings 7 1 18 2
10 wickets in match 1 - 3 -
Best bowling 6/33 5/27 7/37 6/18
Catches/stumpings 6/- 37/- 75/- 56/-
Source: CricketArchive

Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad (Kannada: ಬಾಪು ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾವ್‌ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್‌ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್‌)     (born 5 August 1969 in Bangalore, Karnataka)[1] is a former Indian cricketer. He is the bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, having formerly performed the same role for the Indian cricket team from 2007 to 2009. He made his debut in 1996. Primarily a right-arm medium-fast bowler, Prasad was noted for his bowling combination with Javagal Srinath.


  • Cricket career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Achievements 4
    • Awards 4.1
    • Test Matches 4.2
    • ODI Matches 4.3
  • References 5

Cricket career

Prasad took 96 wickets from 33 Tests at an average of 35, and 196 wickets from 161 ODIs at an average of 32.3. Prasad was more effective on wickets that helped seam bowling even though his best Test bowling figures of 6 for 33, achieved against Pakistan in the 1999 Test series in India, came on a docile pitch in Chennai; these figures included a spell of bowling in which he took 5 wickets for 0 runs. Notably, he once took 10 wickets in a Test match in Durban, South Africa, in December 1996. It remains his only ten wicket haul in Test cricket. Prasad also took five wicket hauls in England, in 1996, in Sri Lanka, in 2001, and in the West Indies, in 1997. Prasad played his final Test match in Sri Lanka in 2001. One of his finest moments came in 1996 Cricket World Cup when after being hit for a boundary and openly sledged by Pakistan batsman Aamir Sohail, Prasad clean bowled Sohail the very next ball, (which many consider the turning point of the match). Prasad was known for his slower deliveries and was one of its first proponents in world cricket.[2]

Prasad struggled with injuries and dipping form towards the end of his career. He was dropped from the Indian team after 2001 test series in Sri Lanka. Prasad tried unsuccessfully to make a come back after that before retiring from all cricket in May 2005, having secured two Ranji Trophy championships with Karnataka. He was made coach of the India Under-19 Cricket team in January. He was the coach of the U-19 team that finished runners-up in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup.

After the disappointing performance of the Indian Team in World Cup 2007, Prasad was appointed as the bowling coach of the team for the Bangladesh Tour in May. It was his return to the Indian team after a span of 3 years. On 15 October 2009, Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh were sacked by the BCCI, which did not give any reasons for the unceremonious dumping.[3]

Personal life

Prasad is married to Jayanthi Prasad a palghat Iyer Brahmin. It was the second marriage for Jayanthi. They have a son named Prithvi. Jayanthi did not have any children from her first marriage.[4]


Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Language
2014 Sachin! Tendulkar Alla Cricket Coach Suhasini Maniratnam, Snehith Mohan Shankar Kannada



Test Matches

10 Wickets in a Match:

S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 South Africa Kingsmead Dec,1996 60-5 & 93-5

ODI Matches

ODI Matches - Man of the Match Awards:

S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 Pakistan Old Trafford, Manchester 1999 Cricket World Cup 9.3 - 2 - 27 - 5
2 England Sharjah 1998/99 10 - 2 - 35 - 3


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