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Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Srikkanth in 2014
Personal information
Full name
Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Born (1959-12-21) 21 December 1959 (age 64)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
(now Chennai, India)
NicknameCheeka
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm offbreak
RoleBatter
RelationsAdithya (son)
Anirudha (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 154)27 November 1981 v England
Last Test1 February 1992 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 37)25 November 1981 v England
Last ODI15 March 1992 v South Africa
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 43 146 134 184
Runs scored 2,062 4,091 7,349 5,209
Batting average 29.88 29.01 34.99 29.26
100s/50s 2/12 4/27 12/45 5/32
Top score 123 123 172 123
Balls bowled 216 712 2,533 961
Wickets 0 25 29 31
Bowling average 25.64 49.72 29.06
5 wickets in innings 2 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/27 3/14 5/27
Catches/stumpings 40/– 42/– 93/– 53/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 1983 England and Wales
World Championship of Cricket
Winner 1985 Australia
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 1988 Bangladesh
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 November 2014

Krishnamachari "Kris" Srikkanth (pronunciation;born 21 December 1959), also known as Cheeka, is an Indian former cricketer. He was a hard-hitting opening batter and an occasional right arm offbreak bowler.

He has served as a captain of the Indian cricket team and chairman of the men's selection committee later. He was part of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup and top scored with 38 runs in the finals against the West Indies. He was also a part of the Indian squad which won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket. Known for his aggressive batting style, he has represented Tamil Nadu and South zone in Indian domestic cricket. He serves as a cricket commentator. In 2019, he was awarded the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by BCCI.[1]

Early and personal life

Srikkanth was born on 21 December 1959 in Mylapore, Madras, Tamil Nadu to C.R. Krishnamachari and Indira Krishnamachari in a Tamil Brahmin family.[2][3] He has two siblings, brother Krishnamachari Srinath and sister Srekala Bharath.[3] He did his schooling from Vidya Mandir and completed his pre-university from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College.[3] He graduated as an electrical engineer from College of Engineering, Guindy.[4] Srikkanth married Vidya on 30 March 1983.[5][6] They have two sons Adityaa and Anirudha, both of them are cricketers themselves.[7]

Early career

Srikkanth represented Tamil Nadu and South zone in Indian domestic cricket. He made his first class debut during the 1978–79 season.[8] Srikkanth was the captain of the first ever youth test played by the India national under-19 cricket team in the 1978–79 season.

International career

Debut and early years

At the age of 21, He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against England in Ahmedabad on 25 November 1981. Opening the batting with Sunil Gavaskar, he scored a duck and India lost by 5 wickets.[9] He made his Test debut two days later against England at Bombay. Though he bagged another duck in the first innings and scored just 13 runs in the second innings, India won the match by 138 runs.[10]

1983 World cup and rise

He was part of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He opened the batting and scored 156 runs in the tournament.[11] In the final against West Indies, Srikkanth top-scored with 38 runs.[12] He was also part of the Indian team that won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket.[13] He was the top scorer in the tournament with 238 runs.[14] India won the final after beating Pakistan where Srikkanth top scored with 77 runs from 66 balls and won the Man of the match award.[15]

Middle years

Srikkanth has his most prolific years in terms of runs from 1986 to 1988 when he scored two centuries in tests and four centuries in ODIs.[16] Srikkanth scored his first century in test cricket in the third test against Australia at Sydney on 2 January 1986.[17] He scored his second and last test century against the visiting Pakistan at his home ground at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai in February 1987.[18] His first ODI century came against Australia on 7 September 1986 in Jaipur.[19]

He was also part of the Indian team that competed in the 1987 Cricket World Cup.[20] He scored 70 runs and took five wickets against New Zealand in an ODI match at Visakhapatnam on 10 December 1988.[21] In the process, he became the second person ever to record the feat of scoring a fifty and taking a five for in the same ODI match after Viv Richards.[22]

Captaincy of national team

In 1989, he was appointed captain of the captain of the Indian team.[23] Sachin Tendulkar made his debut under Srikkanth's captaincy in November 1989 against Pakistan.[24] He served as the captain of the test team for only four matches during the India's tour of Pakistan in 1990 and drew all the matches.[25] He also captained the Indian team in 13 ODIs winning four and losing eight.[26]

Later career and retirement

Srikkanth played his last test match in February 1992 against Australia in Perth.[27] He scored 72 runs in the match and took five catches, all in the first innings setting a record for the most individual catches by a non wicket keeper in an innings of a test match.[28] He was named as part of the Indian team that competed in the 1992 Cricket World Cup and holds the unusual record of scoring the only run ever scored in international cricket at Ray Mitchell Oval, in Mackay, Australia when the only international match ever hosted at the venue was washed out after two deliveries.[29] He retired from international cricket in March 1992 after the world cup with his last match coming against South Africa at Adelaide.[7]

Playing style

Srikkanth was an opening batsman and was noted for his aggressive attacking strokes.[13] Srikkanth was known for his super-quick reflexes and scored majority of his runs by pulling and hooking or driving.[7] Though his batting style was in stark contrast to his long time opening partner Sunil Gavaskar, who was known for his reserved approach, Gavaskar himself has said that Srikkanth's batting liberated him to play his natural game.[13] He targeted the new ball when it is hard and often scores his runs with hits over the infield with the aid of fielding restrictions during the initial overs in the later years.[13] Srikkanth is considered one of the pioneers of pinch hitting in cricket years before Ian Botham and Mark Greatbatch tried it in 1992 and Sanath Jayasuriya popularized during the 1996 Cricket World Cup.[30][31] He was one of the most entertaining batters of his era.[32]

Post retirement

Srikkanth during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013
Srikkanth meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014

Coach and chief selector

Post retirement, Srikkanth served as the coach of the India A cricket team.[33] On 18 February 2008, Srikkanth was named as an ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League T20 competition.[34] On 27 September 2008, he was appointed the Chief Selector of the Indian cricket team and served till 2011.[35] The selection committee led by him picked up the Indian team that won its second ever world cup in 2011. On 20 December 2012, Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise of Indian Premier League.[36]

Commentator and administrator

He has served as a sport commentator with various sports and news channels.[33] Srikkanth was nominated as a member of the panel of All India Council of Sports (AICS) in January 2020.[37]

Television

In June 2013, Srikkanth participated in the 6th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[38] In February 2022, he participated in StarPlus's Smart Jodi as Contestant with his wife, Vidya.[39]

Year Show Role Notes
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Contestant 15th place
2022 Smart Jodi 1

Statistics

Runs

Srikkanth has scored 2,062 runs in 43 matches in tests at a batting average of 29.88. He has scored 4,091 runs in 146 ODI matches at an average of 29.01.[7]

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Tendulkar's Test match batting career showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line)
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Srikkanth's Test match batting career showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line)

Centuries

Srikkanth scored two centuries in tests and four centuries in ODIs.[16]

Tests
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Venue H/A Date Result Ref
1 116  Australia 2 1 Sydney Cricket Ground Away 2 January 1986 Drawn [17]
2 123  Pakistan 2 2 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Home 3 February 1987 Drawn [18]
ODIs
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Venue H/A Date Result Ref
1 102  Australia 1 2 Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur Away 7 September 1986 Won [19]
2 123  Pakistan 1 1 Eden Gardens, Kolkata Home 18 February 1987 Lost [40]
3 101  West Indies 1 1 Thiruvananthapuram Cricket stadium, Thiruvananthapuram Home 25 January 1988 Lost [41]
4 112  West Indies 1 1 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 16 October 1988 Won [42]

Captaincy

In 1989, Srikkanth was appointed captain of the captain of the Indian team and served as the captain of the test team for four matches.[23] He also captained the Indian team in 13 ODIs winning four and losing eight.[26]

Srikkanth captaincy record[23][26]
Type Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test 4 0 0 4 0 0
ODI 13 4 8 0 0 1

In popular culture

Jiiva played Kris Srikanth in the Indian film 83 (2021).[43]

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Preceded byDilip Vengsarkar Chairman, Selection Committee September 2008 – present Succeeded bySandeep Patil
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