Manoj Prabhakar

Manoj Prabhakar

Born: 15 April 1963, Ghaziabad
Major Teams: Delhi, Durham, India.
Known As: Manoj Prabhakar
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium


A fiercely competitive cricketer, Manoj Prabhakar's approach was very much in keeping with the times. Asking no quarter and expecting none, Prabhakar's combative attitude made him an opponent to be feared and respected. Whether batting or bowling, he epitomized aggressiveness. He was also one with a never say die attitude and this was seen in his batting which was a mixture of well timed strokes and a sound defence. He was generally more at home in the middle order but served the country well in many matches as a resolute and dependable opening batsman. As Kapil Dev's most durable and effective opening partner, he frequently gave the initial breakthrough. But he is best remembered as a stock bowler who could bowl long spells without losing either accuracy or hostility. 

Prabhakar was one of the few cricketers who had an equally good record in both Test cricket and the limited overs game. As a bowler, he made up for his lack of genuine pace by some enormous in swing. He was a member of the Indian team in three successive World Cup competitions and it just one bad match against Sri Lanka in the 1996 tournament which cost him his place for good. Always a fighter, Prabhakar carried the combativeness off the field too. He made some scatching comments about being dropped and then in retirement, he charged that Indian players were guilty of match fixing and betting. He continued to stay in the news by entering politics and standing unsuccessfully for Parliament.

Test Debut: India v England at Delhi, 2nd Test, 1984/85
Latest Test: India v New Zealand at Cuttack, 3rd Test, 1995/96

ODI Debut: India v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Asia Cup, 1983/84
Latest ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, World Cup, 1995/96

Career Statistics:

 (including 08/11/1995)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   39   58   9  1600  120   32.65   1   9   20   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   5 10    SR  Econ
Bowling             1245.5  274  3581   96  37.30  6-132  3  0  77.8  2.87

 (including 02/03/1996)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  130   98  21  1858  106   24.12   2  11   27   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI  4w 5w    SR  Econ
Bowling             1060     76  4534  157  28.87  5-33   4  2  40.5  4.27

 (1982/83 - 1996/97)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  154  214  34  7469  229*  41.49  20  30   74   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling            4019.2 11134  385  28.91  7-65   10   1  62.6  2.77

 (1982/83 - 1996/97)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  214  176  35  4118  117*  29.20   4  25   49   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling            1719.3  7116  269  26.45  5-33    9   2  38.3  4.13


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