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6 Indian Cricket Legends who hold an Engineering Degree

  • We take a look at six Indian cricketers who are also qualified, engineers
  • This is not an exhaustive list, Please don't comment on who all we missed
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Modified 29 Mar 2020, 08:50 IST

#4 Krishnamachari Srikanth

Krishnamachari Srikanth

Yesteryears flamboyant batsman, Krishnamchari Srikanth is another cricketer who holds an engineering degree. Srikanth is an Electrical Engineer from College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai.

Although he used to play cricket at different levels during his engineering days, but it was only during his fourth year of college that he thought he could become a test cricketer.

While batting he had a very clear mind, an attribute which can probably be attributed to his engineering degree. He had once said, “People like me for the way I play and not my records. And I will continue playing the way I play, only better.”

#5 Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan

Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan

Although, Venkatraghvan’s statistics of 156 wickets from 57 matches may not seem very impressive; he was undoubtedly one of the best spinners to have represented India. It was his misfortune that he was born in an era where India had 3 front-line spinners apart from him.

Post-retirement Venkatraghvan took up umpiring and was a member of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires for a long time. During his years as an umpire, he was well respected by players and came to be known as a calm umpire. At one point of time, he was the only umpire in the elite panel to have played the game at all levels – first class, tests & ODIs.

Part of the golden-era of spinners in Indian cricket, S Venkatraghvan is a qualified engineer from College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai. So, he is an all-rounder in true sense – great player, respected umpire & an engineer by qualification. 

#6 EAS Prasanna

 EAS Prasanna

Off-spinner EAS Prasanna was probably one of the first among the engineers to make an impact on the cricket field. Prasanna holds an engineering degree from the National Institute of Engineering, Mysusru. Along with BS Chandrashekhar, S Venkatraghvan & Bishen Singh Bedi; he formed a quartet of spinners in the Indian team in the 1960s & 1970s.

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As per Prasanna, he belonged to an era in which a degree was a must for everyone. Speaking about engineering & cricket; he had said, "My degree helped me in understanding biomechanics and aerodynamics. The analytical aspect of engineering helps you analyze better."

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Published 15 Sep 2016, 17:12 IST
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