Manoj Prabhakar

Country: India
Born: April 15, 1963, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Bowling Allrounder

Manoj Prabhakar Bio

Manoj Prabhakar, the former Indian cricketer, was a prominent figure in the early 1990s. Born on April 15, 1963, in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, Prabhakar emerged as a talented all-rounder for the Indian cricket team. With his cunning slower balls, impeccable swing, and natural talent, he was a force to be reckoned with on the field.

Prabhakar’s bowling skills were undoubtedly his strongest suit as he employed a clever mix of in- and outswing deliveries to bewilder batsmen. Known for his precision and accuracy, he had the ability to generate movement off the pitch, making him a lethal weapon with the new ball. One of his most memorable moments was when he dismissed Kepler Wessels, then representing South Africa, for a duck in consecutive Tests, making it the only time Wessels failed to score in either Test or one-day matches against India.

While his bowling expertise was widely recognized, Prabhakar also showcased his batting prowess. Initially considered a useful lower-order batsman, his skills were transformed when he was appointed as a defensive opener during the England tour in 1992-93. His ability to lay a strong foundation for the team significantly contributed to India’s success during that period.

Prabhakar endured a difficult start to his career, experiencing only one victory in his first 23 Tests. However, he found redemption in his later years, winning 10 of his last 16 matches. Nonetheless, his cricketing journey ultimately ended in disappointment when he was jeered by the home crowd at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium during the 1995-1996 World Cup. Following a dismal performance against Sri Lanka, where he conceded 47 runs without taking a wicket, he was dropped from the squad and decided to retire from international cricket.

Unfortunately, Prabhakar’s downfall continued as he became entangled in the match-fixing controversy that plagued Indian cricket during that era. In a misguided attempt to implicate others, he found himself banned from the sport due to his alleged involvement. Although this marked a dark chapter in his life, Prabhakar refused to let it define him.

Post-retirement, Prabhakar ventured into politics and pursued a career as a representative for the people. While his attempt to secure a seat in Parliament was unsuccessful, he continued to make headlines and remained relevant in various spheres. Additionally, he explored coaching opportunities and served as Delhi’s bowling coach before taking charge of the Rajasthan team for the 2009-2010 season.

Beyond his endeavors in cricket and politics, Prabhakar also demonstrated his entrepreneurial side. He currently heads Naturence Cosmetics, a flourishing venture that showcases his diverse talents and interests.

Despite facing several challenges on and off the field, Manoj Prabhakar’s contributions to Indian cricket will always be remembered. His exceptional bowling skills, combined with his ability to adapt to different batting positions, exemplify his passion and dedication to the game. Although controversy may have tainted his legacy, Prabhakar’s impact in shaping Indian cricket remains significant.

Manoj Prabhakar Career Stats

Manoj Prabhakar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 39 58 9 1600 120 32.65 - - 1 9 - 4 20 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 130 98 21 1858 106 24.12 3083 60.26 2 11 - - 27 0
FC 154 214 34 7469 229* 41.49 - - 20 30 - - 74 0
List A 214 176 35 4118 117* 29.2 - - 4 25 - - 49 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Manoj Prabhakar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 39 68 7475 3581 96 6/132 6/92 37.3 2.87 77.8 4 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 130 127 6360 4534 157 5/33 5/33 28.87 4.27 40.5 4 2 0
FC 154 - 24116 11134 385 7/65 - 28.91 2.77 62.6 - 10 1
List A 214 - 10317 7116 269 5/33 5/33 26.45 4.13 38.3 9 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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