Krishnamachari Srikkanth

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Kris Srikkanth
Former cricketer K. Srikkanth meets PM Modi (cropped).jpg
Srikkanth at a social-awareness event
Personal information
Full nameKrishnamachari Srikkanth
Born (1959-12-21) 21 December 1959 (age 62)
Madras, Madras State, India
BowlingRight-arm medium
Right-arm offbreak
RelationsAnirudha Srikkanth (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 154)27 November 1981 v England
Last Test1 February 1992 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 37)25 November 1981 v England
Last ODI15 March 1992 v South Africa
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 43 146 134 184
Runs scored 2,062 4,091 7,349 5,209
Batting average 29.88 29.01 34.99 29.26
100s/50s 2/12 4/27 12/45 5/32
Top score 123 123 172 123
Balls bowled 216 712 2,533 961
Wickets 0 25 29 31
Bowling average 25.64 49.72 29.06
5 wickets in innings 2 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/27 3/14 5/27
Catches/stumpings 40/– 42/– 93/– 53/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 November 2014

Krishnamachari Srikkanth audio speaker iconpronunciation  (born 21 December 1959), also known as Kris Srikkanth, is a former captain of the Indian cricket team and former chairman of the selection committee. He played a crucial part in India's team batting line up as opener especially on the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning squad by contributing crucial 38 runs as a top scorer in the finals against West Indies. Srikkanth is the First player in the World to have a Career with International Centuries, 5 Wicket Hauls, and also 5 Catches in an Innings. Known for his aggressive opening style, he represented the Indian National Cricket team and Tamil Nadu in Indian domestic cricket. He is also a commentator on Star Sports Tamil.


Srikkanth played domestic cricket, for Tamil Nadu and South Zone. 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. He opened the innings partnering Sunil Gavaskar. Known for his aggressive batting style, he was an early role model for opening batsmen in future years to adopt a similar approach.

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 in the finals.[1]

He was made the captain of the Indian team in 1989. In the same year, Sachin Tendulkar made his debut under Srikkanth's captaincy . He remained the captain of the team for India's tour of Pakistan in 1990 and managed to draw all the Tests of the series. But the selectors were disappointed with his batting failures and dropped him. He returned two years later and played for another year before being dropped again. He retired from international cricket in 1993. 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 Visakhapatnam in 1988. Srikanth Ended his Test Career with 5 Catches in an Innings during his Last Test Match.

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.[2]


Srikkanth was an opening batsman noted for his aggressive attacking strokes in contrast to his first batting partner and senior Sunil Gavaskar. He is the pioneer in Pinch-hitting in ODIs at least a decade before Mark Greatbatch started in the 1992 World-Cup & Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya much later. He was known to take risks even in the early part of the innings, often scoring boundaries over the inner ring of fielders. He shares three 100-run ODI partnerships with Ravi Shastri which included the first for India in ODI.

Post retirement[edit]

After retirement he had a stint as the coach of the India 'A' team. He has since been a broadcaster and commentator with various sports and news channels. On 18 February 2008, Krish Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of Indian Premier League.[3]

On 27 September 2008, he was appointed the Chief Selector of the Indian Cricket team.[4] His tenure ended in 2012.

On 20 December 2012, Krish Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise of Indian Premier League.[5]

Also, he is a commentator for the TV Network Star Sports Tamil. Srikkanth is also included to the panel of All India Council of Sports (AICS) as a member in January 2020.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Srikkanth is an electrical engineer who graduated from College of Engineering, Guindy[7] in Chennai. Srikkanth is married to Vidya.[8][9] Srikkanth has two sons, one of whom, Anirudha, plays for Tamil Nadu cricket team and has played for both Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Their eldest son is Aditya.

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Scorecard, 1983 World Cup Final". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  2. ^ "India vs Sri Lanka". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Sport / Cricket : It is Kings". The Hindu. 19 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Mental strength as important as talent - Srikkanth | India Cricket News |". Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Kris Srikkanth appointed mentor of Hyderabad Sunrisers". Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Srikkanth included in government panel of sports".
  7. ^ Vidya Raja (31 July 2018). "India's Oldest Engineering College Turns 225: 6 Alumni Who Have Made Guindy Proud!". The Better India.
  8. ^ March 31, S. H. Venkatramani Raj Chengappa; March 31, 1987 ISSUE DATE; January 13, 1987UPDATED; Ist, 2014 13:42. "When Srikkanth bats, there is thunder and lightning: Bishen Singh Bedi". India Today.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Basu, Soma (14 September 2012). "'I'm brutally frank': Krishnamachari Srikkanth". The Hindu – via
  10. ^ "Krishnamachari Srikkanth contesting in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 6". 4 June 2013.
  11. ^ Udhav Naig (2 February 2019). "Jiiva to play Krishnamachari Srikkanth in '83'". The Hindu.

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Preceded by Indian National Test Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman, Selection Committee
September 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Sandeep Patil