Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad, who has been in the news since last week for a funny advertisement, has named the best captain he played under for India. Prasad represented India under the leadership of three captains – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammed Azharuddin.
Speaking on the YouTube channel Grade Cricketer Podcast, Prasad revealed the best captain he played under for India. “I can be very diplomatic here,” he said when asked who was the best captain he played under.
India’s 5th highest wicket-taker in ODIs
Prasad might’ve played just 33 Tests for India but has been a part of some memorable victories. His ODI career, on the other hand, is quite well-known among people as he is India’s fifth-highest wicket taker in the format. He represented India in 161 matches and scalped 196 wickets.
The pacer started his career under the leadership of Mohammed Azharuddin in 1994 and possessed the ability to swing the ball both ways, making him a lethal bowling option for India. Post that, he played under Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who captained India for a short while, and then again under Azharuddin before concluding his career under South Ganguly’s leadership.
I was always comfortable when Azhar was captain: Venkatesh Prasad
“I can easily say – Look, everybody is different in their own way. But I was always comfortable when Azhar was the captain because he used to just throw the ball at you and would ask what field do you want. And when I set a field, I own the responsibility to bowl to that field, isn’t it? So that’s how it was,” Prasad said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.
“It wasn’t as if I was not comfortable with Sachin or Ganguly either but I guess my best performances came when Azhar was the captain and that’s how it was. Also, Azhar happens to come from Hyderabad, and Karnataka and Hyderabad aren’t very far so we knew each other very well. We used to play against each other, also together when there were zonal teams. So that’s how the rapport and understanding was much better,” he added.
The ‘OG’ Venka Boys
Recently, Venkatesh Prasad, along with three former Indian cricketers had featured in an advertisement, which took the social media to a storm. Saba Karim, Javagal Srinath and Maninder Singh were the other three who featured with Prasad in the ‘Venka Boys’ advertisement.
Here’s the video: