Matches (18)
WI vs SA (1)
USA vs BAN (1)
ENG v PAK (W) (1)
CE Cup (3)
T20I Tri-Series (2)
IPL (1)
County DIV1 (5)
County DIV2 (4)

Full Name

Yalaka Venugopal Rao


February 26, 1982, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


42y 87d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Middle order Batter


Those who have seen him on the telly can say Venugopal Rao has done nothing to shatter the earth. But ask Matt Prior, Simon Jones, and Sajid Mahmood, and they will tell you 500 is not a safe target in the fourth innings of a four-day match when Venugopal is around. Two days before his 22nd birthday, he shot into national contention with an unbeaten 228 for South Zone to help them chase down England A's target of 501, the fourth-highest successful first-class chase. Venugopal had earlier been part of the Indian team that won the Under-19 World Cup in 2000. Prolific run-getting in domestic matches meant he was not far from national selection. Once into the national ODI team, Venugopal has not been quite at home amid the baseballesque hitting on flat subcontinent tracks. He has shown shades of the early Rahul Dravid and Robin Singh. His only half-century was a stodgy unbeaten 61 off 93 balls against Pakistan. With the team management open-minded about trying out a wide pool of talent, Venugopal is still very much in the reckoning despite an ordinary start to his international career. What's more, he has been captaining the A sides and Board Presidents' XIs.
Sidharth Monga (July 2006)

Venugopal Rao Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A137122164110115*38.77--1125--450


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Recent Matches of Venugopal Rao

Maharajas vs Giants--1/2722-Jan-2022Al AmeratOTHERT20
Maharajas vs Lions--0/1320-Jan-2022Al AmeratOTHERT20
Andhra vs Tamil Nadu3--06-Oct-2017ChennaiFC
Gujarat vs Tamil Nadu----23-Nov-2015TirunelveliFC
Gujarat vs UP9 & 2--30-Oct-2015ValsadFC

Photos of Venugopal Rao

Delhi Daredevils wait for the third umpire's decision
James Hopes and Venugopal Rao added 87 for the fifth wicket
Venugopal Rao is bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni
Venugopal Rao drives through the off side
Yogesh Nagar and Venugopal Rao run between the wickets during a 54-run stand
Venugopal Rao plays an unconventional shot