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Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
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WTC Final: We’ve Got Everything Covered, It Should Be India All The Way, Says Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. Former Indian bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad feels that Virat Kohli’s team India has all bases covered to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship Final on Friday.

A lot has been talked about the advantage Kane Williamson-led New Zealand would have after playing two Tests against England, ahead of the WTC final.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

Venkatesh Prasad: India Has Got A Lot Of Options In Both Batting And Bowling As Their Bench Is Also Very Strong

However, Venkatesh Prasad believes there is enough firepower in Team India’s arsenal to win the inaugural title. While speaking in an interview with news agency PTI, Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. At the same time, he feels the team has the batting to put 350 runs on the board irrespective of the conditions.

“Two best teams are playing the final. India has got a lot of options as their bench is also very strong. Be it a batting or seaming track, India has got the upper hand for the simple reason: In the early 90s and later 2000s, there will be two good seamers but the team did have not a third or fourth option.

“Now the squad has got the strength of that and a couple of very good all-rounders. We always had world-class spinners but now we also have a world-class pace attack,” Prasad told PTI.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav. Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

“And we also have the batting to 350 runs on the board. Now we have got everything covered. It doesn’t matter what sort of a pitch it would be. It should be India all the way,” he added.

Four days ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton, Virat Kohli & Coach Ravi Shastri has almost settled their bowling combination. The talks about India playing 4 pacers in Southampton can be put to rest. It is learned that instead team India will play 3 pacers & 2 spin bowler combinations against New Zealand.

Though the team management agrees that pitch and the English conditions will suit seamers more, India wants to play on their strength and will draft 2 spinners in form of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the XI.

As for pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will become an automatic choice in English conditions with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur fighting for the third pacer slot. Umesh Yadav remains out of contention as of now.

Venkatesh Prasad Hopes The WTC Final Goes To The 5th Day

The former Indian pacer, who formed the new ball pairing alongside the great Javagal Srinath in his heydays, expects India to dominate the WTC Final from June 18 onwards. Venkatesh Prasad said he rather not pay too much attention to the opposition’s strengths.

“I hope to see the game go to the fifth day. Especially in India, we didn’t see it go beyond the third or fourth day. It should reach day five but in English conditions, the Dukes ball does something more often than not. The batsmen will have to adapt quickly and the bowlers will need to figure out the end which is more suited to them,” Venkatesh Prasad said.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj

While having Ishant Sharma is a must in Australia for his height and the bounce he generates, in England, Virat Kohli may opt for a little more variety and bring in Mohammed Siraj.

The Hyderabad-based pacer has done wonders in the last few months. He has troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps.

However, the fact that Ishant Sharma has a lot of experience in bowling in England and that he was the last tour’s top wicket-taker 18 scalps could get him the nod.

Mohammad Azharuddin played 99 Tests for India. Twitter
Mohammad Azharuddin played 99 Tests for India. Twitter
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Venkatesh Prasad Was Comfortable Playing Under Mohammed Azharuddin

Venkatesh Prasad was asked to name the best captain he played under, and the former India fast bowler was forthright in his answer.

Former fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad may have represented India in not more than 33 Tests, but he holds the record for being India’s fifth-highest ODI wicket-taker by a fast bowler. The fast-bowling pair of Venkatesh Prasad and Javagal Srinath was India’s most fabled pace duo in the 1990s, achieving great success together.

Venkatesh PrasadVenkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

Venkatesh Prasad Was Comfortable When Mohammed Azharuddin Was Captain

From his debut in 1994 to his last match for India in 2001, Venkatesh Prasad wasn’t exactly in the game for the long haul but remained an important member of the Indian team. He wasn’t express pace but he was able to do what not many India fast bowlers could back in the day – move the ball both ways along with having a tremendous slower ball.

He started his career under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin and finished under Sourav Ganguly while playing under Sachin Tendulkar as well during his two stints as captain of the Indian team. In a chat with The Grade Cricketer Podcast, Venkatesh Prasad was asked to name the best captain he played under, and the former India fast bowler was forthright in his answer.

Venkatesh Prasad played under Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (Getty Images)
Venkatesh Prasad played under Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (Getty Images)

“I can be very diplomatic here. I can easily say that ‘look, everybody is different in their own way’. But I was always comfortable when Azhar was the captain because he used to just throw the ball at you and would ask what field do you want. And when I set a field, I own the responsibility to bowl to that field, isn’t it? So that’s how it was,” Prasad said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

The pacer played under Mohammed Azharuddin from 1994 to 1996, before Sachin Tendulkar was named captain for the first time. The captaincy shifted between Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar once more, before finally, in the year 2000, Sourav Ganguly was named the new India skipper.

Venkatesh Prasad Knew Mohammed Azharuddin Well As His Best Performances Came When The Hyderabad Man Was Skipper

The pacer clarified that while he did not face any issues under either Sachin Tendulkar or Sourav Ganguly, the rapport with Mohammed Azharuddin was just better due to the history between the two players.

“It wasn’t as if I was not comfortable with Sachin or Ganguly either but I guess my best performances came when Azhar was the captain and that’s how it was. Also, Azhar happens to come from Hyderabad, and Karnataka and Hyderabad aren’t very far so we knew each other very well. We used to play against each other, also together when there were zonal teams. So that’s how the rapport and understanding were much better,” Prasad added.

Indian cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Image)
Indian cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Image)

Venkatesh Prasad was part of the Mohammed Azharuddin-led side from 1994 to 1996. Mohammed Azharuddin captained India in overall 174 ODI matches and under his leadership, the Asian giants managed to win 90 games.

The pacer recorded 96 dismissals in Test cricket playing 33 Tests while he scalped 196 ODI wickets in his international career playing 161 ODIs. He debuted in 1994 and was dropped from the Indian team after the 2001 test series in Sri Lanka as he struggled with injuries and dipping form towards the end of his career.

Mohammed Azharuddin’s international playing career came to an end when he was found to be involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2000 and subsequently banned by the BCCI for life. In 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court declared the life ban illegal.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
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Sachin Tendulkar Showed Less Emotions, Virat Kohli Is Aggressive On The Field: Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad said while it would be unfair to label either batsman as someone to be afraid of while commenting on comparing Indian batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Both had rather contrasting demeanors which resonated throughout their careers.

Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has weighed in on the comparison between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, two of the best batsmen produced by India in their respective eras.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. Image source: dailyexcelsior.com

Venkatesh Prasad: Sachin Tendulkar Was Soft While Virat Kohli Is Aggressive On The Field

Venkatesh Prasad said while it would be unfair to label either batsman as someone to be afraid of, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli had rather contrasting demeanors which resonated throughout their careers.

“They are both brilliant individuals honestly speaking. On one side, Sachin was very soft, and of course, Virat comes out aggressive, but it’s not his nature. It’s just on the field because he wants to win and perform in every single game,” Prasad said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

“So did Sachin. He wanted to do well in every single game. You don’t really see many emotion from Sachin. We never say any, whether he scored a hundred or got out for a duck… whatever. Even when he gets hit, we don’t see much emotion, whereas Virat is someone who likes to express himself.”

Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in world cricket to hit 100 centuries. Recently, he recovered from COVID-19 and is spending time with his family. In the 2011 World Cup Victory, he became the highest run-scorer with 482 runs at an average of 53.55 in the tournament and he could not stop his tears after this victory.

Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in history to cross the 34,000 run aggregate in all formats of Cricket on 5th December 2012. In international cricket, he played a total of 657 matches. On 16th March 2012, his much-awaited 100th-century milestone was achieved against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement on 23rd December 2012 from ODI Cricket.

His 24 year-long marvellous cricket career came to an end on 16 November 2013 when he announced his retirement. In December 2012, he played his last ODI match, and in 2013, the last T20I match. His 200th Test match against West Indies on 16th November 2013 was his adieu to the cricketing world as a player.

Venkatesh Prasad Recalled An Incident When Sachin Tendulkar Was Hit By A Wasim Akram Delivery, Was Unnerved, Showed No Reaction And Hit Next Ball For 6

Venkatesh Prasad, who played alongside and under Sachin Tendulkar in the 1990s and early 2000s shared an instance when the former India batsman would remain calm even after getting rattled by a Wasim Akram.

Looking back at one of the most famous India-Pakistan encounters, Venkatesh Prasad recalled when Sachin Tendulkar was floored by the Pakistan pacer swing great Wasim Akram bouncer, but came up with the best possible reply as if nothing had happened.

“One incident I would like to narrate here. Sachin once got hit in Sharjah with the new ball and Wasim Akram was bowling. He gets hit on his helmet. It was a quick ball, probably bowled at 145ish. So, he didn’t expect it, and by the time he reacted, he got hit on his helmet. And he just walks towards the leg umpire and shakes his head. Nothing, he doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t even remove the helmet, just holds his visor and gets the helmet in place,” Prasad narrated.

File image of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram | AFP / Ishara S Kodikara
File image of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram | AFP / Ishara S Kodikara

“He comes back and takes the strike and the second ball… it’s a new ball and Sachin is opening. The second ball again, Wasim bowls a bouncer. Same typical pace, same length and it’s coming at the height of his head. Perfectly targeted but Sachin hits it for a six. Again, no reaction from Sachin.”

Venkatesh Prasad then imagined how Virat Kohli would have reacted to the same scenario playing the game today, and it couldn’t be further from how Sachin Tendulkar tackled his situations.

“Probably Virat, if he had got the same thing, after scoring a six, he would pump his fist or stare stared at the bowler. They are two different people, two different characters and both are extremely important for the game to really flourish,” Prasad explained.

On the other hand, the pacer said, Virat Kohli, the current Indian captain who is chasing Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records, is much more expressive in nature, and makes everyone privy to his mood; nonetheless, both the batting masters played the game to win it for their team.

Gautam Gambhir Is One Of My Idol: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.
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IPL 2020: Venkatesh Prasad Sees Glimpse Of Young Yuvraj Singh In Devdutt Padikkal

Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, as chairman of the Under-19 National Selection Committee, was one of the fists to spot Devdutt Padikkal. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman has impressed with his calm — and composed innings to set a good base for his side, who are striving to lock the space in playoffs.

Devdutt Padikkal has amassed 422 runs, including four half-centuries, in 13 matches at a strike rate of 127.10. He has also become only the second uncapped Indian player to register 400-plus runs in his maiden IPL season.

Venkatesh Prasad heaps praise on Devdutt Padikkal:

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

Venkatesh Prasad is full of praise for Padikkal’s batting prowess. He is delighted that the RCB batsman belongs to a short breed of good Indian left-hand batsman. Apart from his batting stint, the former Indian cricketer is also impressed with 20-year-old athletic fielding.

The first thing that struck me about him was that he was a left-handed batsman, which is a rare thing in India. It’s been there for a long time, but we’ve not seen very good left-hand batsmen.

“Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh were two of them, but otherwise, we haven’t seen too many great left-handed batsmen. With Padikkal being a left-hander, people will show keenness. Secondly, I was highly impressed with his fielding. Like I said, fielding is all about fitness and the moment,” Venkatesh Prasad pointed out.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

Prasad added that some of Devdutt Padikkal’s shot reminds him of young Yuvraj Singh. He is impressed with the way the Karnataka batsman confidently executes his pull shots against the fast bowlers.

“A few of Padikkal’s shots were a lot like Yuvraj Singh in his 20s. Like the pull shot he plays or when he comes down the track, or when he goes after the fast bowlers. That shows a lot of confidence,” he said.

Meanwhile, RCB will play the last league match against DC on Monday (November 1).

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Venkatesh Prasad Prepared Indian Team For Bowl Out During 2007 T20I World Cup

Venkatesh Prasad, who was the bowling coach during the inaugural edition of T20I World Cup prepared the Men in Blue for bowl-out which happened during their encounter against Pakistan. In the group stage match which was tied was decided via a bowl-out and Indians Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh hit the stumps as India won the match along with the bowl-out.

India’s first match against Scotland was abandoned and so the league match against Pakistan was the first match. India scored 141 losing 9 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs mainly due to Robin Uthappa’s half-century.

Besides Robin Uthappa, skipper MS Dhoni scored 33 but the others failed to score more than 20 runs. Mohammad Asif took four wickets. In reply, Pakistan’s skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored 53 but were tied at 141 for 7 as Indian bowlers led by Irfan Pathan bowled well.

T20 World Cup 2007, MS Dhoni
2007 T20I World Cup Winners India Led By MS Dhoni Image Credit: Getty Images.

Venkatesh Prasad Advised To Play Bowl-outs More Often Than Playing Football During Training As Per Robin Uthappa

India who were the eventual winners of T20I World Cup 2007 practised bowl-outs more often than playing footballs during training sessions as advised by the then bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad.

“Before every practice, we used to play a game after warm-up, so what Venky (Venkatesh Prasad) did was instead of playing football, he said let’s play bowl out (batsman vs bowlers). Among the batsmen, Sehwag, Rohit, and me (Robin) used to get a hit very often,” Uthappa recalled.

India almost lost the match but somehow managed to tie it mainly due to S Sreesanth running out Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq with the help of Robin Uthappa after scoring 53 of only 35 balls with the help of 7 fours and 1 six.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad Photo Credit: AFP

Robin Uthappa spoke on Star Sports’ special episode of Cricket Connected chat show named ‘Watch Along of the 2007 ICC World T20 between India and Pakistan’.

“So, when this match (10th Match, ICC World Twenty20 at Durban, Group D) got tied, we were very excited and jubilant to be very honest because it was a match we almost lost and we managed to tie it. If you go and look at the game, it was a losing game, Sreesanth bowled really well and we tied the game,” he recalled the match against Pakistan.

MS Dhoni-led a relatively inexperienced side in the first T20I World Cup and the team defeated Pakistan in the nail-biting final too by only a margin of 5 runs.

Robin Uthappa Credits Skipper MS Dhoni For Getting Chance In Bowl-out

Robin Uthappa credited skipper MS Dhoni for getting a chance to hit the stumps. It was the first game as captain for MS Dhoni who went on to become India’s most successful skipper ever. Robin Uthappa, who plays purely as a batsman asked MS Dhoni for permission which was given without hesitation by MS Dhoni.

“Once we tied the game, emotions were very high and so was our confidence. I have to give credit to MS Dhoni at that point in time.”

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa. Image Credits: Twitter

“At a very young age in his first tournament and his first game as captain, a guy went up to him, his teammate went up to him saying, who is a non-bowler and is not his main skill, went up to him and said ‘I have to bowl and I’m going to hit the stumps’ and I swear he (Dhoni) didn’t even bat an eyelid and said ‘ok bowl’,” Uthappa further said.

In the final too India beat Pakistan by 5 runs despite posting a below-par score of 157/5 mainly due to Gautam Gambhir’s 75 of only 54 balls. Misbah-ul-Haq scored 43 but was the last man out as Joginder Sharma took his wicket in the final over while Sreesanth took his catch as Pakistan were bowled out for 152.

Waqar Younis, Pakistan
Waqar Younis. Image Credit: Twitter
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We Were Shocked: Waqar Younis Recalls Aamir Sohail-Venkatesh Prasad Face-Off

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, who had live witnessed the enchanting face-off between his captain Aamir Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad in the 1996 World Cup, was stunned to see his skipper’s unwanted reaction which led the team’s downfall.

Venkatesh Prasad sweet revenge against Amir Sohail in the quarter-final of the tournament is etched in every fan’s memory. Sohail came out with gun-blazing shot against India as he scored a half-century off 46 balls. But when he decided to show some unprovoked aggression towards Prasad, thing got off for him and the team.

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Here is the whole plot, Sohail, after hitting a boundary, walked up to Prasad and pointed his bat at the region in which he had just hit the boundary, presumably saying he would hit a similar shot again. The whole stadium roared with his reaction and pressure build-up on Prasad but he returned with a bang.

The ball went on to hit the off-stump before Sohail’s bat could come down. The Pakistan skipper went out of the field with a regretful face.

Waqar Younis, who recalls the whole episode, said that he was amazed to see Sohail’s behaviour. He explained how the dismissal left a negative impact on the remainder of the innings. Although Saleem Malik and Javed Miandad built 52 runs partnership for the fifth wicket, Pakistan never really recovered from the loss of their two-set openers.

Waqar Younis and his teammates were shocked to see how Aamer Sohail reacted:

Waqar younis, Aamer Sohail
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“To be very honest, we were shocked by the way he [Sohail] was behaving on the field. He was tonking the ball all over the park, why did he need to do that? I guess, the pressure got to him,” Waqar said on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.

“Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ijaz Ahmed, they went into a shell. And full credit should be given to Anil Kumble, when he came in and Prasad came in for his second spell, he sort of started nipping the ball a little bit. And Pakistan got so much pressure and once we lost Ijaz and Inzamam within an over or so, it became very very difficult,” Waqar said.

Eventually, India won the match by 39 runs to advance to the semifinal.

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Venkatesh Prasad Names 3 Indian Cricketers Whose Talents He Learned During His U19 Coaching Tenure

During his coaching tenure of the India U19 cricket team in 2006, the former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad learnt the talent and capabilities of the teenager cricketers Piyush Chawla, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. At that time, Prasad even mentioned their names to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in his development report.

Under Venkatesh Prasad’s coaching, Ravikant Shukla-led India U19 team finished as the runners-up in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2006 after losing the low-scoring final against Pakistan U19. During that tournament, Prasad liked the talents of the leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma.

I had no doubt about their talent and their capabilities: Venkatesh Prasad about Piyush Chawla, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma

In his post-U19 World Cup report, Venkatesh Prasad even wrote their names to the BCCI as he felt that they were capable enough to feature in the senior domestic matches.

Venkatesh Prasad, Piyush Chawla, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma 
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Prasad told FanCode, “These three guys – Piyush Chawla, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma I had no doubt about their talent and their capabilities. I knew very well that they’re going to go a long way. In fact, the moment the U-19 World Cup (2006) was over, I did write to BCCI in my report saying that these players should be fast-tracked into playing Ranji Trophy or the zone matches, this is what I had said.”

At the end of that ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2006, Pujara won the Player of the Tournament award for ending as the leading run-scorer (349 runs) in that tournament. Meanwhile, Rohit was the third most run-scorer for India U19 in that tournament as he scored 205 runs in six games of that tournament with an average of 41.00, including three fifties.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma 
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

On the other hand, Chawla finished as India’s most wicket-taker in that tournament after finishing with 13 wickets.

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chawla made his international debut in 2006, but his international career hasn’t gone far as he has played three Tests, 25 ODIs and seven T20Is till 2012. Despite playing lesser international matches, he was a member of India’s World Cup-winning campaign in the 2011 edition.

Though the 31-year-old Chawla is currently active in Indian domestic cricket, he is not in the contention of the Indian team. The leg-spinner is currently the joint third-most wicket-taker (150 wickets) in the IPL history.

However, Pujara and Rohit are not only active in the Indian team, they are the crucial members of the side. While the 32-year-old Pujara is maintaining his Test career successfully, the 33-year-old Rohit is already a successful limited-overs cricketer, and he is now developing in the Test cricket too. While Pujara has played 77 Tests and five ODIs, Rohit has played 32 Tests, 224 ODIs and 108 T20Is.

Rohit was also a member during India’s victory in the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

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Venkatesh Prasad Reveals His Feeling After His Heated Argument With Aamer Sohail In 1996 World Cup

Once again the former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad recently talked about the famous heated moment with the Pakistan skipper Aamer Sohail in the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996.

While India vs Pakistan clash is always a high-voltage game, it becomes more exciting if they meet in the knock-out stages of any tournament, especially in the ICC tournaments. During the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996, India vs Pakistan match was played at Bengaluru.

After India scored 287/8 (50 overs), Pakistan openers, skipper Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar provided a good start with the 87 runs partnership. Though Anwar was dismissed on 48 runs, captain Sohail was building up that innings confidently.

After completing his half-century, the Pakistan skipper hit a four to Prasad and then he was involved in the heated argument with the Indian pacer and mocked him to bring the ball from the boundary. On the very next ball, Prasad bowled Sohail (55 runs) which became the turning point of that match. Finally, Pakistan scored 248/9 (50 overs) while India reached the semi-final after winning that match by 39 runs.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: Twitter)

My blood was really boiling, and we needed a wicket: Venkatesh Prasad

Since then, Prasad has always heard about that match when people see him. Talking about that incident, Prasad claimed that his blood was boiling at that moment while the Indian team was eagerly looking for a wicket.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Prasad said on a YouTube video of FanCode, “There’s not even a single day that goes by without anybody, whoever sees me, come what may, would definitely ask me, every single day from the last 24 years.

“He should’ve just gone back to his crease probably after getting that, but there was some exchange of words and a gesture that he made which didn’t really go well. Obviously, with the entire nation and spectators who were watching, and of course, with me as well. My blood was really boiling and we needed a wicket.”

Prasad also admitted that he was lucky to escape from getting penalised or banned for his gesture in that incident.

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Venkatesh Prasad (Photo Credit: AFP)

In that game, Prasad finished with the bowling figures of 10-0-45-3, which was the best bowling figures in that entire game. In his international career, Prasad was a very successful bowler against Pakistan as he took his most international wickets against Pakistan (54 wickets).

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5 Indian Bowlers Who Have Picked Most Wickets Against Pakistan In World Cups

In contemporary times, many cricketers and fans believe that cricket has become a batsman’s game and there is no room for bowlers. However, this hasn’t been the case for the majority of the period since the game has emerged. In fact, the bowlers have dominated cricket for a longer period of time.

With the advent of T20 cricket and certain changes made by the ICC, the game has shifted a bit towards the batsman. For every bowler, picking wickets in a world cup is a dream sight to hold. However, when that wicket comes against arch-rival, a bowler just rubs salt on the wound. India and Pakistan have been two such teams who have faced fierce competition in the world cups due to the already existent political tensions between them.

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India vs Pakistan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Today, we’ll take a look at the 5 Indian Bowlers who have picked most wickets against Pakistan in World Cups so far.

5 Indian Bowlers Who Have Picked Most Wickets Against Pakistan In World Cups

5. Zaheer Khan- 4 wickets

Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan Image Courtesy: Twitter

Zaheer Khan, India’s most successful left-arm pacer sits at the fifth spot in this list. Zaheer Khan has been one of India’s main bowlers throughout his stint on the international stage. Zaheer played a total of two games against Pakistan in the world cups.

In the first game that he played against them in the world cup back in 2003, Zaheer Khan dismissed Toufiq Umar and Younis Khan. The second world cup game he played against them came during India’s 2011 world cup triumph wherein he scalped Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq in the semi-final of the tournament,

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Venkatesh Prasad Praises The Present Indian Pace-Bowling Unit

While Indian pace-bowling has gradually improved with the time progress, now they are not only bowling very well, but they are also dominating and evolving as the match winners for the side. Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad recently praised the present Indian pace-bowling unit. The 50-year-old feels that the present Indian fast bowling unit is the best pace-bowling unit in Indian cricket history.

Former Indian right-arm medium-fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad served the national team from 1994 to 2001, where he played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs and picked up 96 and 196 wickets respectively.

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Venkatesh Prasad (Photo Credit: AFP)

Prasad has been impressed hugely with the current Indian fast bowling skills. While the present Indian pace bowling line-up has Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar etc., their combination has sorted up a powerful pace-bowling side. Prasad lauded everything of these Indian pacers, including their bowling skills and fitness.

Prasad recently told Sportskeeda, “They have got speed, fitness, swing, variations – they have change of pace, they have yorkers, they have bouncers. I think this is the best fast bowling attack India has ever had.”

Prasad further pointed out the availability of the good number of talented pace bowlers in the present Indian cricket system.

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Indian pacers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav (Photo credit: BCCI)

He added, “It is not just one or two or three or four. There is a fifth and sixth bowler. The talent pipeline is brilliant. I don’t think the team is dependent on just one or two players. On a whole, every single one has got enormous talent.”

Venkatesh Prasad opened up why the bowlers got very lesser opportunities to lead the national side

Like the other top cricket members, the Indian cricket also hardly follows to allow a bowler for the leadership role. However, Prasad doesn’t feel any problem with this as he believes that the captain has been chosen according to their leadership qualities, just like Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble were appointed as the captain in the past of the Indian national cricket team.

Talking about giving lesser leadership importance to the bowler, Prasad also admitted that the bowlers might find tougher to always put their focus on the field replacements.

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Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Prasad claimed, “See, it has nothing to go with being a bowler or batsman. Probably why I think they tend to choose batsmen is only because, look as a bowler one is you got to bowl there and top of that you get tired, physically and mentally. And then you have to be thinking of the other bowlers, the bowling changes, the field placements and so on. That puts more pressure on the captain if he happens to be a bowler.

“But if somebody has got good leadership qualities I don’t think it matters if he is a batsman or bowler. But Kapil Dev and Kumble handed it really well.”

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