Venkatesh Prasad has been one of the pivotal parts of Indian cricket history. He represented the Indian national cricket team in 33 Tests and 161 ODIs. Prasad who played two formats in his career made his debut in 1994.
He is predominantly a right-arm medium-fast bowler. Prasad was famous for his bowling combination with India’s top pacer Javagal Srinath. He took 96 wickets in the longest format of the game including 7 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket haul.
Venkatesh accounted for 196 dismissals in the 50-over format including 1 five-wicket haul. The former fast bowler took 361 wickets in first-class cricket including 18 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten wicket-hauls.
Prasad struggled with injuries and lack of form put an end to his career. Venkatesh was dropped after the 2001 Test series in Sri Lanka. The experienced campaigner retired from all forms of cricket in the year 2005.
Prasad continued his new chapter in coaching where he was the coach of the India Under-19 Cricket team in 2005. The 51-year-old was the coach of the U-19 team that finished the runners-up in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup.
Venkatesh Prasad replies to a troll on Twitter
Meanwhile, the former Indian fast bowler shared pictures of a popular incident during an India-Pakistan match in 1996. During the game, Aamir Sohail dominated the pacer by smashing a boundary.
After that, Prasad made a complete mess of Aamir Sohail’s stumps. The 51-year-old uploaded pics from the popular incident at the 1996 World Cup and captioned it, “Me to Aamir Sohail in Bangalore at 14.5- #IndiraNagarkaGunda hoon main.”
Sohail smashed the bowler for a boundary off the 5th ball of his over. Sohail also gestured that he would continue to smash Prasad angrily. However, Prasad dismissed him in the next ball in style.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani journalist responded to the post saying, “Prasad only achievement in his career”. To which, the 51-year-old Venkatesh Prasad responded to the troll in style. Fans also praised Prasad for the same.
“Nahi Najeeb Bhai. Had reserved some achievements for later. In the very next World cup in Eng in 1999, took 5/27 at Manchester against Pakistan and they were unable to chase 228. God bless you,” Venkatesh Prasad wrote.
Prasad’s coaching stint
In the wake of a bad performance of the Indian team in World Cup 2007, he was recruited as India’s bowling coach for the Bangladesh tour that year. In 2009, BCCI sacked him from the post and did not give any specific reason.
He was appointed as bowling coach of Kings XI Punjab before the start of IPL 2018. Prasad was also the coach of RCB during the inaugural season in 2008. The veteran also stepped down as bowling coach of the Punjab-based franchise in 2018.