Gujarat Giants head coach Venkatesh Prasad shared interesting stories while looking back at some old pictures.
In a fun segment named ‘What’s your pic’, Venkatesh Prasad disclosed when he gave ‘gyaan’ to former India cricket team captain MS Dhoni.
“Yeah, this was obviously when I was the bowling coach and MS was the captain of course. It was quite an intense discussion, but then the discussion lasted not more than say about 4-5 minutes at the most,” the former India fast bowler stated.
Interestingly, Prasad was appointed the bowling coach of the Indian team after a disappointing performance at the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.
“Obviously being a coach, I was giving gyaan to MS Dhoni (laughs). MS Dhoni, the point is a very keen observer and keen listener. He doesn’t say much, he doesn’t talk much. I was allowed to give my gyaan of course. It was wonderful. I think we shared a very good relationship,” the 53-year-old added.
The Bangalore-born cricketer also recalled some old memories when he was shown a pic of him with 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.
“Paaji, the great Kapil Dev. He has always been an inspiration, not just for me, but to a lot of cricketers even now, especially those guys when I was just growing up and hearing his performances on radio and later on the television. I think he has been an inspiration and sort of a role model for a lot of us. When I played for the country, I opened the bowling for India with Kapil Dev. So, that was a dream come true. (In this pic) I met him of course at his residence,” Prasad recalled.
Furthermore, Prasad shared his experiences with his former bowling partner Javagal Srinath.
“Javagal paaji, Srinath paaji. He is a great guy, great fun. He is quite senior to me of course in age and in cricketing experiences as well. I did get to learn a lot from Javagal Srinath. We come from the same state - Karnataka - played a lot of cricket for Karnataka,” he stated.
“He made his debut long before I made my debut for the country. One of the best fast bowlers India has ever produced. I mean if you go by these speed guns today, he would be easily clocking 150 kmph every single delivery,” Prasad added.
Having made his international debut in a One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand in 1994, Prasad finished his illustrious career with 196 ODI wickets in 161 matches at an economy of 4.67. He also bagged 96 Test wickets in just 33 matches at an average of 35.