Manoj Prabhakar

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Manoj Prabhakar
Cricket information
Batting Right-handed batsman
Bowling Right-arm Medium Pace
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 39 130
Runs scored 1600 1858
Batting average 32.65 24.12
100s/50s 1/9 2/11
Top score 120 106
Balls bowled 7475 6360
Wickets 96 157
Bowling average 37.30 28.87
5 wickets in innings 3 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/92 5/33
Catches/stumpings 20/0 27/0
Source: [1], 23 January 2006

Manoj Prabhakar About this sound pronunciation  (born 15 April 1963) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-arm medium-pace bowler and a lower-order batsman who also opened the innings sometimes for the Indian cricket team until his retirement in 1996.

Prabhakar took 96 wickets in Test cricket, 157 wickets in One Day Internationals, and over 385 first class wickets playing for Delhi. He has also played for Durham. Prabhakar is remembered for his bowling which was his strongest suit; using slower balls, and outswingers and opening the bowling. He was also a useful lower-order batsman and a defensive opener.


As a Player[edit]

Prabhakar regularly opened India's batting and the bowling in the same match, one of the few players to do so consistently at international level. He accomplished this 45 times in ODIs and 20 times in Tests, more than any other player in both formats.[1][2]

At the age of 32, Prabhakar played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in the 1996 Cricket World Cup in New Delhi. He struggled to bowl well in the match and had to bowl off-spin in the last two overs.[3] The crowd booed him off the ground.[3] After 1996 World Cup, he was not selected for the Indian team's tour of England and retired.

A graph showing Prabhakar's test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

As a Coach[edit]

Prabhakar served as the Delhi cricket team's bowling coach and as the head coach of the Rajasthan cricket team.[4] In November 2011, he was sacked as the coach of Delhi for speaking against the management and the team in media.[5] In December 2015, he was named as bowling coach of Afghanistan cricket team ahead of 2016 ICC World Twenty20 that was played in India in March 2016.[6]


In 1999, Prabhakar participated in Tehelka's expose of match-fixing, but was himself charged of involvement and subsequently banned by the BCCI from playing cricket.[7] He was dismissed from his coaching role with the Delhi cricket team in 2011 after he publicly criticized the players and selectors.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Prabhakar joined the Congress party and unsuccessfully contested election to the Indian Parliament from Delhi in 2004. Prabhakar is married to actress Farheen, who is known for her roles in the films Jaan Tere Naam and Kalaignan. The couple lives in Delhi, with their two sons, Raahil Prabhakar and Manavansh Prabhakar,[9] and also Rohan Prabhakar, a son from previous marriage with Sandhya.[10]

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/104 3  Pakistan National Stadium Karachi Pakistan 1989
2 6/132 4  Pakistan Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad Pakistan 1989
3 5/101 18  Australia WACA Ground Perth Australia 1992

ODI 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/35 102  Sri Lanka Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Hyderabad India 1994
2 5/33 123  New Zealand Gandhi Sports Complex Ground Amritsar India 1995

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Manoj Prabhakar
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 120 36  West Indies India Mohali, India Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium 10 December 1994 Lost

ODI centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Manoj Prabhakar
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 106 11  Pakistan India Jamshedpur, India Keenan Stadium 26 March 1987 Lost
[2] 102* 111  West Indies India Kanpur, India Green Park, Kanpur 30 October 1994 Lost

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur 26 March 1987 106 (121 balls: 13x4); 6–0–36–0  Pakistan won by 5 wickets.[11]
2 Zimbabwe Wankhede Stadium, Bombay 17 October 1987 8–1–19–4 ; 11* (41 balls: 1x4)  India won by 8 wickets.[12]
3 West Indies Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 19 October 1991 2* (2 balls) ; 9.5–0–30–4  India won by 19 runs.[13]
4 Zimbabwe Nehru Stadium, Indore 18 November 1993 91 (126 balls: 4x4) ; 10–0–41–2 Match tied.[14]
5 Sri Lanka Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad 18 February 1994 10–0–35–5 ; 39 (68 balls: 5x4)  India won by 7 wickets.[15]
6 Bangladesh Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 5 April 1995 10–0–43–2 ; 58 runs notout  India won by 9 wickets.[16]
7 New Zealand Gandhi Sports Complex Ground, Amritsar 18 November 1995 10–0–33–5 ; 1 (12 balls)  India won by 6 wickets.[17]

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