E. A. S. Prasanna

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Erapalli Prasanna
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 49 235
Runs scored 735 2476
Batting average 11.48 11.90
100s/50s -/- -/2
Top score 37 81
Balls bowled 14353 54823
Wickets 189 957
Bowling average 30.38 23.45
5 wickets in innings 10 56
10 wickets in match 2 9
Best bowling 8/76 8/50
Catches/stumpings 18/- 127/-
Source: [1]

Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas Prasanna (Kannada: ಎರಾಪಳ್ಳಿ ಅನಂತರಾವ್‌ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ್‌ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ) About this sound pronunciation  (born: 22 May 1940) is a famous former cricket player from Bangalore, British India. He was a spin bowler, specializing in off spin and a member of the Indian spin quartet. He is an alumunus of National Institute of Engineering, Mysore.


Prasanna played his debut Test cricket match at Madras against England in 1961. His first overseas tour to the West Indies was a tough one and he did not play another Test for five years. He left the sport for a period to finish his engineering degree, returning in 1967. He gained a regular place in the side following his excellent performances in England in 1967.

He retired in 1978, after a tour of Pakistan which also signalled the decline of Bishen Bedi and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar. He twice led Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy, the first time ending Bombay's 15-year reign. Prasanna was highly successful not only on Indian turning wickets, but on foreign pitches too. He achieved the second fastest 100 wickets in Tests for an Indian Bowler in 20 Tests. His record was broken by Ravichandran Ashwin .

Widely respected and feared in domestic cricket as well, he enjoyed bowling to batsmen that were willing to try to hit him. He had a neat, brisk, high action and marvellous control of line, length, and flight. He spun the ball in a classic high loop towards the batsman, increasing his chances of beating his adversary in the air. As a result, he made the ball bounce higher than expected. A bowler with an attacking mindset, he was also patient, and would bait a batsman for over after over, attempting to induce a mistake.

He has written an autobiography,One More Over.

Awards and achievements[edit]

[4] [5]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards Directory". Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "E Prasanna Profile". 
  3. ^ "E Prasanna: A mystery spinner". 
  4. ^ "Making the ball talk". 
  5. ^ "Master of flight and turn". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 30 April 2000. 

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