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Erapalli Prasanna      

Full name Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas Prasanna

Born May 22, 1940, Bangalore, Karnataka

Current age 77 years 239 days

Major teams India, Karnataka, Mysore

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Referee

Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas Prasanna
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 49 84 20 735 37 11.48 0 0 0 18 0
First-class 235 275 67 2476 81 11.90 0 2 127 0
List A 9 5 3 33 22 16.50 0 0 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 49 86 14353 5742 189 8/76 11/140 30.38 2.40 75.9 17 10 2
First-class 235 54823 22442 957 8/50 23.45 2.45 57.2 56 9
List A 9 586 318 17 3/29 3/29 18.70 3.25 34.4 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Chennai, Jan 10-15, 1962 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v India at Lahore, Oct 27-Nov 1, 1978 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1961/62 - 1978/79
List A span 1973/74 - 1977/78

Pras was like a chess player in the guise of an offspinner: his victims had often been out-thought before the ball had been delivered. A bowler who had complete mastery over flight, he was difficult to play even on good pitches. Many a bat was lured to his doom, lunging out to hit the half-volley, only to find it pitching a foot shorter than expected. His arm ball was a floater that drifted, and occasionally wobbled, in the air. After playing a few Tests in 1961-62, Pras decided to finish his undergraduate studies, and was absent from the Test scene for five years. Returning in 1967, he promptly became Pataudi's favourite weapon. In the early '70s, zonal and team politics often led to him being dropped in favour of Venkataraghavan. He retired in 1978, after a tour to Pakistan which also led to the demise of Bedi and Chandrasekhar. He twice led Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy, the first time ending Bombay's 15-year hegemony. Widely respected and feared in domestic cricket as well, he enjoyed bowling to bats that were willing to try and hit him. A bowler with an attacking mindset, he was also patient, and would bait a bat for over after over, trying to induce a mistake. Prasanna went on to join the ICL in 2007 as a match referee, but took the amnesty offer from the BCCI by snapping ties with the unsanctioned league in 2009.
Uday Rajan June 2009

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Oct 31, 2017

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Feb 20, 2013

EAS Prasanna and Sunil Gavaskar at the MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture, Chennai, February 20, 2013

EAS Prasanna and Sunil Gavaskar at the MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture


May 30, 2003

Indian spin bowlers Erapalli Prasanna (left) and Padmakar Shivalkar in Calcutta, May 30, 2003

Indian spin bowlers Erapalli Prasanna (left) and Padmakar Shivalkar in Calcutta


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