Krishnamachari Srikkanth with Dr.K. Hari Prasad at a social-awareness event
|Full name||Krishnamachari Srikkanth|
21 December 1959 |
|Batting style||Right hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium, Off spin|
|Relations||Anirudha Srikkanth (son)|
|Test debut (cap 43)||27 November 1981 v England|
|Last Test||1 February 1992 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 146)||25 November 1981 v England|
|Last ODI||15 March 1992 v South Africa|
|Source: , 7 October 2009|
Krishnamachari Srikkanth pronunciation (help·info) (born 21 December 1959) is a former captain of the Indian cricket team and also the former chairman of the selection committee. An excellent student, he is an electrical engineer by qualification (B.E.) and graduated from the College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai, India. He played for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy domestic cricket league in India.
Srikkanth had a strong domestic batting record for Tamil Nadu and South Zone and also noted as a good fielder, usually placed between cover and mid-wicket.
He made his One Day International debut against England in Ahmedabad in 1981, followed two days later by his Test debut against England at Bombay at the age of 21 as an opener, partnering Sunil Gavaskar.
Srikkanth was an opening batsman noted for his aggressive attacking strokes. In contrast to his first batting partner and senior Sunil Gavaskar, who was a more orthodox batsman preferring to build a Test innings cautiously, Srikkanth was a quick scoring hitter. With his power hitting, Srikkanth often gave good starts to the team in One Day Internationals. With more consisten batsmen in the side during his times like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Ravi Shastri etc., he was known to take risks even in the early part of the innings, often scoring boundaries over the inner ring of fielders.
Career highlights and captaincy
As he matured, he tempered his aggression somewhat and became a mainstay of the Indian cricket team. He was an integral member of the Indian squad when they won the 1983 Prudential World Cup and 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket.
In the 1983 World Cup final against the West Indies, Srikkanth top scored for India. Along with Yashpal Sharma he was one of the quickest fielders for India during the tournament, encouraging bowlers with his infectious enthusiasm.
He was made the captain of the Indian team in 1989. He never hesitated to experiment like he did against England where India had a target of 260 to chase and had lost two early wickets and Srikkanth sent all-rounder Chetan Sharma to bat at number 4 and Sharma returned with a score of 103 and India won the game. He remained the captain of the team for India's tour of Pakistan in 1989 and managed to draw all the four Tests of the series, which was seen by many as an honourable result. But the selectors were disappointed with his batting failures and controversially dropped him. He returned two years later and played for another year before being dropped again. By this time, he had entered the 30s and his reflexes were slowing down. He retired from international cricket in 1993 after not being picked for the South Zone team. He was the first Indian player to score a half-century and pick up 5 wickets in an ODI. He achieved this feat against New Zealand at Vishakapatnam in 1988.
Srikkanth holds the unusual distinction of scoring the only run ever scored in international cricket at Ray Mitchell Oval, in Mackay, Australia. The venue hosted its only international match during the 1992 Cricket World Cup, and the match was washed out after two deliveries.
After retirement he had a quite successful stint as the coach of the India 'A' team. He has since been a broadcaster and commentator with various sports and news channels, known for his frank views.
On 27 September 2008, he was appointed the Chief Selector of the Indian Cricket team.
His tenure ended in 2012. India lost the last two major test series under his watch in England and Australia by huge margins. However on the balancing side during his tenure, India won the ICC Cricket World Cup (ODI) and was also ranked the No.1 Test side for the first time.
Srikkanth played 43 Tests for India, scoring 2,062 runs at an acceptable average of 29.88. His style was better suited to One Day Internationals, where he compiled a significantly better record of 146 matches for 4,091 runs at a good average of 29.01. He also bowled off spin regularly in ODIs, taking 25 wickets at a very good average of 25.64.
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|Indian National Test Cricket Captain
|Chairman, Selection Committee
September 2008 – present