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Manoj Prabhakar

Manoj Prabhakar
Personal information
Born (1963-04-15) 15 April 1963 (age 61)
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
BowlingRight-arm medium fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 168)12 December 1984 v England
Last Test8 November 1995 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 47)8 April 1984 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI2 March 1996 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 39 130
Runs scored 1,600 1,858
Batting average 32.65 24.12
100s/50s 1/9 2/11
Top score 120 106
Balls bowled 7,475 6,360
Wickets 96 157
Bowling average 37.30 28.87
5 wickets in innings 3 2
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/92 5/33
Catches/stumpings 20/0 27/0
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
World Championship of Cricket
Winner 1985 Australia
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 1984 United Arab Emirates
Winner 1990-91 India
Winner 1995 United Arab Emirates
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 23 January 2006

Manoj Prabhakar pronunciation (born 15 April 1963) is a former Indian cricketer and coach, who recently coached Nepal National Cricket Team.[1] He was a right-arm medium-pace bowler and a lower-order batsman, and also opened the innings a few times for the Indian cricket team. He was part of the Indian squad which won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket, 1984 Asia Cup, 1990-91 Asia Cup and 1995 Asia Cup.

Prabhakar took 96 wickets in Test cricket, 157 wickets in One Day International (ODIs), and over 385 first class wickets playing for Delhi. He also played for English County Durham. Prabhakar is remembered for his bowling which was his strongest suit; using slower balls, out swingers and opening the bowling for Indian cricket team. He was also a useful lower-order batsman and a defensive opener. He has a world record of playing most matches as Opening Batsman and Opening Bowler in both Test and ODI matches.


As a Player

Prabhakar quite regularly opened Indian batting order and the bowling. He was one of the few players to do so consistently at international level. He accomplished this 45 times in ODIs and 20 times in Tests, more than any other player in both formats.[2][3]

At the age of 32, Prabhakar played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in the 1996 Cricket World Cup in Delhi. He struggled to bowl well in the match and had to bowl off-spin in the last two overs.[4] The crowd booed him off the ground.[4] After 1996 World Cup, he was not selected for Indian team's tour of England and took retirement.

A graph showing Prabhakar's test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

As a Coach

Prabhakar has also served as the Delhi cricket team's bowling coach and as the head coach of the Rajasthan cricket team.[5] In November 2011, he was sacked as the coach of Delhi for speaking against the management and the team in media.[6] In December 2015, he was named as bowling coach of Afghanistan cricket team ahead of 2016 ICC World Twenty20 that was played in India in March 2016.[7]

Prabhakar was appointed head coach of Nepal in August 2022.[8] He resigned in December 2022 after only four months.[9]


In 1999, Prabhakar participated in an exposé of match-fixing by the Tehelka news group. However, he was then charged by the BCCI with involvement in match fixing and subsequently banned from playing cricket for the Indian team.[10]

In 2011, he was dismissed from his coaching role with the Delhi cricket team after he publicly criticized the players and selectors.[11]

Personal life

Prabhakar joined the Congress party and unsuccessfully contested election to the Indian Parliament from Delhi in 1996.

Prabhakar is married to actress Farheen, who is known for her roles in the films Jaan Tere Naam and Kalaignan. The couple lives in Delhi, with their two sons, Raahil Prabhakar and Manavansh Prabhakar,[12] and Rohan Prabhakar, his son from his previous marriage to Sandhya.[13]

In popular culture

A Bollywood film Azhar released in 2016, directed by Tony D'Souza, was based on his teammate Mohammad Azharuddin's life and revolves around Match fixing scandals in late 90s and 2000. Prabhakar's character was portrayed by Karanvir Sharma in the film.[14][15] According to the report of The Times of India, Prabhakar was unhappy due to his depiction in bad light in the film.[16][17]

See also


  1. ^ @CricketNep (8 August 2022). "Former Indian star all rounder and Ranji trophy winning coach, Mr. Manoj Prabhakar from India has been appointed as…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Only instances in the first and second innings are included. Records / Test matches / All-round records / Opening the batting and bowling in the same match – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ Records / One-Day Internationals / All-round records / Opening the batting and bowling in the same match – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sanath changed the face of ODIs". The Indian Express. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ Prabhakar tipped to become Delhi coach
  6. ^ Devadyuti Das (2 November 2011). "Manoj Prabhakar sacked as Delhi coach". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013.
  7. ^ Prabhakar named Afghan bowling coach
  8. ^ "Manoj Prabhakar appointed Nepal cricket coach". The Indian Express. 9 August 2022. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Manoj Prabhakar steps down as Nepal men's team head coach". ESPNcricinfo. 15 December 2022. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  10. ^ ESPNcricinfo report
  11. ^ "Prabhkar dismissed". ESPNcricinfo. 2 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Farheen". IMDb.
  13. ^ Roshmila Bhattacharya (19 March 2014). "I turned down Baazigar opposite Shah Rukh". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Meet Karanvir Sharma, the man playing Manoj, Azhar's nemesis". Hindustan Times. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Karanvir Sharma to make his TV debut with Anil Kapoor's '24'". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Manoj Prabhakar to take legal action against makers of 'Azhar'?". Zee News. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Controversy surrounding 'Azhar' was expected: Emraan Hashmi". The Hindu. PTI. 11 May 2016. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
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