Manoj Prabhakar

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Manoj Prabhakar
Cricket information
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm Medium Pace
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Runs scored16001858
Batting average 32.6524.12
Top score120106
Balls bowled74756360
Wickets 96157
Bowling average 37.3028.87
5 wickets in innings 32
10 wickets in match0n/a
Best bowling6/925/33
Catches/stumpings 20/027/0

Manoj Prabhakar pronunciation   (born 15 April 1963) is an Indian former cricketer & match-fixer. He was a right-arm medium-pace bowler and a lower-order batsman who also opened the innings sometimes for the Indian cricket team until his retirement in 1996.


Prabhakar took 96 wickets in Test cricket, 157 wickets in One Day Internationals, and over 385 first class wickets playing for Delhi. He has also played for Durham. Prabhakar is remembered for his bowling which was his strongest suit; using slower balls, and outswingers and opening the bowling. He was also a useful lower-order batsman and a defensive opener.


As a Player

Prabhakar regularly opened India's batting and the bowling in the same match, 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. [1] [2]

At the age of 32, Prabhakar played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in the 1996 Cricket World Cup in Kolkata. He struggled to bowl well in the match and had to bowl off-spin in the last two overs. [3] The crowd booed him off the ground. [3] After 1996 World Cup, he was not selected for the Indian team's tour of England and retired.

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

As a Coach

Prabhakar served as the Delhi cricket team's bowling coach and as the head coach of the Rajasthan cricket team. [4] In November 2011, he was sacked as the coach of Delhi for speaking against the management and the team in media. [5] 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. [6]


In 1999, Prabhakar participated in Tehelka's expose of match-fixing, but was himself charged of involvement and subsequently banned by the BCCI from playing cricket. [7] He was dismissed from his coaching role with the Delhi cricket team in 2011 after he publicly criticized the players and selectors. [8]

Personal life

Prabhakar joined the Congress party and unsuccessfully contested election to the Indian Parliament from Delhi in 2004. 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, [9] and also Rohan Prabhakar, a son from previous marriage with Sandhya. [10]

International record

Test 5 Wicket hauls

15/1043  Pakistan National Stadium Karachi Pakistan 1989
26/1324  Pakistan Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad Pakistan1989
35/10118  Australia WACA Ground Perth Australia 1992

ODI 5 Wicket hauls

15/35102  Sri Lanka Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Hyderabad India 1994
25/33123  New Zealand Gandhi Sports Complex Ground Amritsar India1995

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Manoj Prabhakar
NoRunsMatchAgainstCity/CountryVenueStart dateResult
[1]12036  West Indies India Mohali, India Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium 10 December 1994Lost

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Manoj Prabhakar
NoRunsMatchAgainstCity/CountryVenueStart dateResult
[1]10611  Pakistan India Jamshedpur, India Keenan Stadium 26 March 1987Lost
[2]102*111  West Indies India Kanpur, India Green Park, Kanpur 30 October 1994Lost

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur 26 March 1987106 (121 balls: 13x4); 6–0–36–0  Pakistan won by 5 wickets. [11]
2 Zimbabwe Wankhede Stadium, Bombay 17 October 19878–1–19–4 ; 11* (41 balls: 1x4)  India won by 8 wickets. [12]
3 West Indies Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 19 October 19912* (2 balls) ; 9.5–0–30–4  India won by 19 runs. [13]
4 Zimbabwe Nehru Stadium, Indore 18 November 199391 (126 balls: 4x4) ; 10–0–41–2Match tied. [14]
5 Sri Lanka Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad 18 February 199410–0–35–5 ; 39 (68 balls: 5x4)  India won by 7 wickets. [15]
6 Bangladesh Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 5 April 199510–0–43–2 ; 58 runs notout  India won by 9 wickets. [16]
7 New Zealand Gandhi Sports Complex Ground, Amritsar 18 November 199510–0–33–5 ; 1 (12 balls)  India won by 6 wickets. [17]

See also


  1. 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.
  2. Records / One-Day Internationals / All-round records / Opening the batting and bowling in the same match – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. 1 2 "'Sanath changed the face of ODIs'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. Prabhakar tipped to become Delhi coach
  5. Devadyuti Das (2 November 2011). "Manoj Prabhakar sacked as Delhi coach".
  6. Prabhakar named Afghan bowling coach
  7. CricInfo report
  8. "Prabhkar dismissed".
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  10. Roshmila Bhattacharya (19 March 2014). "I turned down Baazigar opposite Shah Rukh". timesofindia. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  11. "1986–1987 India v Pakistan – 6th Match – Jamshedpur".
  12. "1987–1988 Reliance World Cup – 11th Match – India v Zimbabwe – Mumbai (Bombay)".
  13. "1991–1992 Wills Trophy – 3rd Match – India v West Indies – Sharjah".
  14. "1993–1994 C.A.B. Jubilee Tournament – 7th Match – India v Zimbabwe – Indore".
  15. "1993–1994 India v Sri Lanka – 2nd Match – Hyderabad (Deccan)".
  16. "1994–1995 Pepsi Asia Cup – 1st Match – Bangladesh v India – Sharjah".
  17. "1995–1996 India v New Zealand – 2nd Match – Amritsar".