(Last Updated on : 18/05/2013)
The game of Indian cricket has generated a whole lot of unforgettable Indian Cricket Personalities, and this does not only consist of players. Unlike most other sports, where only the performers are remembered, cricket has equally immortalised coaches umpires and even commentators. The Indian Cricket Personalities played a significant role in further strengthening the game after retirement.
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan a famous Indian Cricket Personalities was an able off spinner, who captained India in the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979. Nicknamed, Venkat, he also went on to become a reputed international umpire. He officiated in 73 Test matches and 52 one-day internationals during the period 1993 to 2004 following which he retired. After retiring from first-class cricket in 1985, he also became a cricket administrator and the manager the Indian Test team. Venkat was part of the famous quartet of Indian spinners in the 1970s. But he often lost out his place in the side to the other off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna, who was believed to be more talented of the two. For his all-round contribution to cricket, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003.
Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma coached India for a brief period in the 90s but did not taste too much success. He will be remembered more for being part of the World Cup winning squad in 1983. His statistics are not phenomenal but he had the ability of delivering with both the bat and ball. Lal played in played 31 Test matches for India and scored just over 1,042 runs averaging 22.65. He also picked up 71 wickets at an average of 40.08 and took 15 catches. He had much better figures at the first class level with 10,000 plus runs and 600 wickets.
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj also famous as Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Kapil Dev was also India`s national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.
Kapil Dev was a right-arm pace bowler noted for his graceful action and potent outswinger, and was India`s main strike bowler for most of his career. Kapil Dev also developed a fine in swinging Yorker during the 1980s, which he used very effectively against tail-enders. As a batsman, he was a natural striker of the ball who could hook and drive effectively. A naturally aggressive player, he often helped India in difficult situations by taking the attack to the opposition. He was nicknamed as the Haryana Hurricane. He represented the Haryana cricket team in the scenario of Indian Cricket. He retired in 1994, holding the world record for the most number of wickets taken in Test cricket, a record subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. At the time, he was also India`s highest wicket taker in both major forms of cricket, Tests and ODIs. He is one of the only players in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests, making him one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972. He was affectionately known as Dada is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team of Cricket. Presently Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is cricket commentator and President of Editorial Board with Wisden India. Born into an affluent Brahmin family, Saurav Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly. Saurav Ganguly is regarded as one of India`s most successful captains in modern times. Saurav Ganguly started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, Saurav Ganguly is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers` Almanack ranked Saurav Ganguly the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar
, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.
Some of the major Indian Cricket Personalities are:
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