Decade Review 2009

Kris Srikkanth      

Full name Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Born December 21, 1959, Madras (now Chennai)

Current age 57 years 153 days

Major teams India, Tamil Nadu

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Son - A Srikkanth, Son - S Anirudha

Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 43 72 3 2062 123 29.88 2 12 19 40 0
ODIs 146 145 4 4091 123 29.01 5702 71.74 4 27 42 0
First-class 134 213 3 7349 172 34.99 12 45 93 0
List A 184 183 5 5209 123 29.26 5 32 53 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 43 16 216 114 0 - - - 3.16 - 0 0 0
ODIs 146 33 712 641 25 5/27 5/27 25.64 5.40 28.4 0 2 0
First-class 134 2533 1442 29 3/14 49.72 3.41 87.3 0 0
List A 184 961 901 31 5/27 5/27 29.06 5.62 31.0 0 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Mumbai, Nov 27-Dec 1, 1981 scorecard
Last Test Australia v India at Perth, Feb 1-5, 1992 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v England at Ahmedabad, Nov 25, 1981 scorecard
Last ODI India v South Africa at Adelaide, Mar 15, 1992 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1978/79 - 1992/93
List A span 1978/79 - 1992/93

In his time the Indiana Jones of Indian cricket, Srikkanth's batting style was entertaining, innovative and explosive. Indeed, his approach came as a whiff of fresh air and, not unexpectedly, he was a great crowd puller. A swashbuckling opening batsman cast in the Mushtaq Ali mould, Srikkanth could destroy the strongest and most fearsome attacks in the world by fearless pulling, hooking and driving. But there were times when he could be dismissed by some pretty ordinary bowling. Gifted with a good eye and super-quick reflexes, Srikkanth's buccaneering methods quickly caught the eye of the selectors and he made his international debut at 21. Consistency however was not his watchword and he was more out of than in the Indian team. But by the mid 80s, his attacking methods had acquired some discipline and he remained the regular opening batsman till 1989. Appointed captain for the tour of Pakistan that year he achieved a major triumph when the team drew all the four Tests. But the selectors pounced on his batting failures and he only made it back after two years in the wilderness. By this time he was over 30 and he did not have the reflexes of old. And when he was not selected for the South Zone team in 1993, Srikkanth, at 33, announced his retirement. If his Test record is impressive, given his sometimes outrageous batting style, he was a natural for the limited-overs game. At the time he quit the scene, Srikkanth had scored more runs and more centuries than any other Indian cricketer and he made them in double-quick time exasperating some of the finest and fastest bowlers in the game. He was one of the heroes of the World Cup triumph in 1983 and also played in the competition in 1987 and 1992. After leaving the game, Srikkanth has worked as a cricket analyst for various Indian news channels and in February 2008, was named the ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of the Indian Premier League. Later than year, he succeeded Dilip Vengsarkar as the chairman of India's first ever paid selection panel.
Partab Ramchand September 2008

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Sep 18, 2016

Dean Jones, Ravi Shastri, Allan Border and Kris Srikanth were felicitated by the TNCA on the 30th anniversary of the second tied Test, Chennai, September 18, 2016

Dean Jones, Ravi Shastri, Allan Border and Kris Srikanth were felicitated by the TNCA on the 30th anniversary of the second tied Test


May 4, 2013

Ex-India openers catch up - Kris Srikkanth with Sunil Gavaskar, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, Hyderabad, May 4, 2013

Ex-India openers catch up - Kris Srikkanth with Sunil Gavaskar


Jan 3, 2013

Former India and Pakistan players were felicitated by the Cricket Association of Bengal, India v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Kolkata, January 3, 2013

Former India and Pakistan players were felicitated


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