Srinivas Venkataraghavan

Country: India
Born: April 21, 1945, Madras (now Chennai)
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Srinivas Venkataraghavan Bio

Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, fondly known as Venkat, is widely regarded as one of India’s greatest offspin bowlers. Born on April 21, 1945, in Chennai, India, Venkat had a formidable career spanning nearly two decades, leaving an indelible mark on the world of cricket.

From an early age, it was evident that Venkat possessed immense talent and a fierce determination to succeed. He made his Test debut for India in February 1965, when he was still a teenager. In a remarkable display of skill, he took an impressive 21 wickets in just four Tests against New Zealand, climaxing with a phenomenal performance of 12 wickets in the final match in New Delhi. This remarkable introduction showcased his potential and set the tone for his future as a formidable opponent.

However, Venkat faced fierce competition for the offspinner’s position in the Indian team, primarily from EAS Prasanna. Despite this challenge, Venkat continuously improved his bowling technique, steadily becoming more accurate and penetrative. His unwavering commitment to the game earned him a regular place in the side after the iconic spin quartet broke up in the late 1970s.

Throughout his career, Venkat’s exceptional ability to deceive batsmen and extract turn from the pitch made him a formidable adversary. He possessed an uncanny knack of breaking partnerships and taking crucial wickets at pivotal moments. Among his notable performances, his 5 for 95 against West Indies in Port of Spain during the 1970-71 series deserves special mention.

Venkat’s finest year came in 1971, known as the “India Rubber Year,” wherein he excelled both as a bowler and the vice-captain of the victorious team. His tally of 35 wickets in eight Tests during that period underlines his prominence. Moreover, he had the honor of leading India in the first two World Cup competitions in 1975 and 1979, showcasing his leadership skills and strategic acumen.

In addition to his prowess with the ball, Venkat was a reliable lower-order batsman and an exceptional fielder, particularly in close-in positions. His contributions with the bat often helped India gain vital runs and turn matches in their favor.

Following his retirement from international cricket in 1983, Venkat continued his involvement in the sport. He transitioned into an administrative role and served as the manager of the Indian cricket team. Subsequently, Venkat embarked on a fruitful career as an umpire, officiating in 73 Test matches and 52 ODIs. As an umpire, he demonstrated exemplary knowledge, fairness, and astuteness, garnering immense respect from players and officials alike.

Off the field, Venkat remains a revered figure in the cricketing world. His contribution to the sport extends beyond his playing and umpiring days, encompassing his insightful commentary and valuable insights into the game.

With an illustrious career spanning from 1965 to 1983, Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan will forever be remembered as a skillful offspinner, a resolute leader, and a distinguished umpire. His remarkable journey from a prodigious young talent to an admired elder statesman epitomizes the dedication and passion that define the sport of cricket.

Srinivas Venkataraghavan Career Stats

Srinivas Venkataraghavan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 57 76 12 748 64 11.68 - - 0 2 - 3 44 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 15 9 4 54 26* 10.8 126 42.85 0 0 3 0 4 0
FC 341 457 84 6617 137 17.73 - - 1 24 - - 316 0
List A 71 44 13 346 26* 11.16 - - 0 0 - - 29 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Srinivas Venkataraghavan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 57 96 14877 5634 156 8/72 12/152 36.11 2.27 95.3 7 3 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 15 14 868 542 5 2/34 2/34 108.4 3.74 173.6 0 0 0
FC 341 - 83548 33568 1390 9/93 - 24.14 2.41 60.1 - 85 21
List A 71 - 3985 2262 64 4/31 4/31 35.34 3.4 62.2 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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