South African cricket December 4, 2013

How the tables turned for one video analyst

Prasanna Agoram is one of the best video analysts going around in international cricket .The "whiz kid" from Chennai began as an analyst for the BCCI at the NCA, taking on crucial assignments such as India's U-19 World Cup campaign in 2006. He has also done work as a Royal Challengers Bangalore analyst when the IPL is in town. Indian Express' Bharat Sundaresan chronicles how Agoram first started mentoring the very same kids who now make up the bulwark of the Indian team who have arrived on South Africa shores, and what a delight it has been to see them transform themselves on the big stage.

It was during the mid-2000s at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore that the whizkid from Chennai began taking his first strides along a unique path not tread previously in the cricketing world. On it, he came across the cream of talent making their way up. "At that time, all the scorecards from every nook and corner of the country would come to me at the NCA. I was very keen to see this Virat Kohli, who had scored three consecutive double-centuries at the U-17 level. When I did, I knew he was India material straight up," recalls Prasanna. "Then I remember a cover drive Rohit played, which I can never forget, against an Australian U-19 team in Dharamshala. It was class."