Manoj Prabhakar

India|Bowling Allrounder
Manoj Prabhakar
INTL CAREER: 1984 - 1996
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Full Name

Manoj Prabhakar


April 15, 1963, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh


59y 349d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Bowling Allrounder

Manoj Prabhakar was a regular in the Indian side in the early 1990s. His bowling was his strongest suit; Prabhakar mixed cunning slower balls with in- and outswing, and on his day he could be a formidable opponent with the new ball. He once bowled Kepler Wessels for 0 in consecutive Tests - the only ducks Wessels bagged for South Africa in Tests or one-dayers - although he'd be less likely to tell his grandchildren that he was Allan Lamb's only Test wicket. Generally Prabhakar was a useful lower-order batsman, who was turned into a defensive, platform-laying opener to good effect against England in 1992-93. India won only one of Prabhakar's first 23 Tests, then 10 of his last 16, but his career ended in ignominy when he was booed on his home ground at Delhi after getting slaughtered (4-0-47-0) against Sri Lanka in the 1995-96 World Cup. Prabhakar was dropped for the next match and immediately retired. His attempts to implicate others in the match-fixing controversy backfired when he was banned himself for his own alleged involvement. He continued to stay in the news by entering politics and standing unsuccessfully for Parliament. He later took to coaching, and served as Delhi's bowling coach before taking over Rajasthan ahead of the 2009-10 season. Aside from cricket, he heads Naturence Cosmetics.
Rob Smyth and Cricinfo Staff July 2009

Career Averages
List A214-1031771162695/335/3326.454.1338.3920
Batting & Fielding
List A214176354118117*29.20--425-490
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FC Matches
1982/83 - 1996/97
List A Matches
1982/83 - 1996/97
Delhi's bowling coach Manoj Prabhakar scrutinises the pitch
Manoj Prabhakar, Delhi's bowling coach, during practice
Manoj Prabhakar, Delhi's bowling coach, tries his luck with the cherry
Manoj Prabhakar jogs during Delhi's practice session at the Wankhede Stadium
Manzoor Elahi celebrates after snapping up Manoj Prabhakar
Manoj Prabhakar and his wife arrive in Karachi