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Venkatesh Prasad applies for India head coach’s post

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad / India (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Venkatesh Prasad has jumped into the ring with former team director Ravi Shastri and chief selector Sandeep Patil by applying for the high profile head coach’s job with the Indian cricket team.

“I have applied this morning,” Prasad confirmed to PTI today.

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Prasad is keen to get back to a coaching role. In fact, the current chairman of the BCCI junior selecting committee, was in charge of the bowling department when India won the inaugural 2007 ICC World T20 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. It has been learnt that Prasad is also open to becoming a bowling coach of the national team if he is not made the chief coach.

Venkatesh Prasad has ample experience as a coach at different levels. He was bowling coach of the Indian between 2007 and 2009, and also worked with the now suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Prasad fell out of favor after Gary Kirsten took charge in 2008 with Eric Simmons replacing him as the bowling coach. The 46-year-old was the head coach of Uttar Pradesh before taking over as the chairman of the junior selection committee.

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Recently, Prasad was linked to replace Heath Streak as Bangladesh bowling coach but he expressed his desire to serve the Indian team. In his playing career, Prasad represented India in 33 Tests and 161 ODIs taking 96 and 196 wickets respectively.

Once a new ball partner of India’s then fastest bowler Javagal Srinath, Prasad was known for his slower deliveries and effective leg-cutters. His finest moment was guiding India to victory against Pakistan with a five-wicket haul (5/27) in a 1999 World Cup encounter in Manchester.

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