5 iconic moments from Venkatesh Prasad’s career
- On Venkatesh Prasad's 47th birthday, we take a look at five highlights from his international career.
An integral part of the Indian team, yet seldom the focus of attention, Venkatesh Prasad was the ideal team man, unagitated, and focussed in his work. In a short span of five years, he constructed a small yet invaluable career, despite possessing neither express pace nor prodigious swing.
Prasad was the ideal foil to Javagal Srinath’s pacy spells, mixing up his seaming deliveries with crafty slower ones. Gifted with the ability to swing the ball both into and away from the batsman, Prasad was a tricky customer on helpful surfaces, being the quiet workhorse in the bowling attack.
On his 47th birthday, we look at five highlights from his international career that defined him:
#5 Spell of 5-0 versus Pakistan, Chennai, 1999
Known to make the ball talk in seaming and swinging conditions, Prasad’s best figures are surprisingly on the placid wickets of Chennai.
The match is remembered best for Sachin Tendulkar’s valiant 136, overcoming back troubles to keep India in the hunt even when the rest of the batting collapsed.
However, Venkatesh Prasad was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts in the third innings, snapping six wickets (6-33), including a fantastic spell of 5-0 (five wickets for no runs) as India restricted Pakistan to 286, needing 271 to win the match, which they subsequently lost by a mere 12 runs.