Career of Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Srikkanth got the scope to make his One-Day International debut against England in Ahmedabadin 1981. Post two days of this debut, he embarked on his Test debut against England at Mumbai. Srikkanth's first appearance as an opening batsman of the Indian Team happened when he was 21. His partner was the world-class Sunil Gavaskar. Each of these two batsmen had their unique art of batting. If Gavaskar's was of traditional excellence, Srikkanth turned out to be an exuberant hitter of runs. Srikkanth's careful sight and flexible reflexes were his hallmark.
Srikkanth with his dashing batting emerged to be a main pillar of strength for the Indian team. He played the role of a core member of the victorious team of the 1983 Prudential World Cup and 1985 Benson and Hedges World Championship Cup. His prowess bestowed on him the responsible and respected post of captaincy of the Indian Team in 1989.
Srikkanth was very much inclined towards, incorporating innovation in playing-technique. This was best demonstrated in his zealous stance against England, and that too when, India was in a topsy-turvy situation. India was menaced with the target of 260, since by that time its first two wickets had collapsed. Srikkanth, made a bold experiment. He commissioned the all-rounder Chetan Sharma, to take charge of batting, at the forth-wicket stand. His strategy clicked. Chetan came out with a colourful 103, which led the team to triumph.
Srikkant captained the Indian echelon, in their venture at Pakistan in 1989. Srikkanth, organised team-efforts in such a manner that India, was able to conclude in draws, for difficult matches. Some critics, indeed, reckoned this outcome, as prestigious enough for tough situations.
However, his batting was not that praiseworthy, in the latter times. He was thus subsequently, dropped by the selectors. But after two years he made a comeback, and continued playing for another year, till he suffered another seatback.
Finally, he bade adieu to his player's career in international cricket in 1993. He has the glorious record of a fifty and 5 wickets in the same ODI. He attained this outstanding deed against New Zealand at Vishakapatnam District in 1988. He concluded retirement to make a new beginning. He emerged to be the coach of the India 'A' team. He executed this assignment successfully.
At present he has entered the world of media and entertainment. He broadcasts as a commentator for sports shows in a sports channel. He features in numerous news channels as an expert commentator. He also holds the post of the chairman of selector for the Indian Cricket Team.
Srikkanth has cast himself in 43 Tests for India. His total culminated to 2,062 runs at a considerably good average of 29.88. This apt faculty for One-Day International has more impressive statistics in ODIs. His 146 matches yielded 4, 091 runs on a better average of 29.01.
Srikkanth also happened to be a steady spin bowler for Team India. He has, procured a total of 25 wickets, at a praiseworthy average of 25.64.
Batting and Fielding Averages
Life After Cricket for Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Krishnamachari Srikkanth thus has functioned like a big support for Indian cricket. Even, at present his experience counts, as he delivers his valuable commentaries on matches, from his veteran perspective
Srikkanth's son Srikkanth Anirudha is currently a starter in the Tamil Naducricket team. On February 18, 2008, Kris Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of Indian Premier League
(Last Updated on : 19-07-2014)
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