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Kris Srikkanth

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
December 21, 1959, Madras


One of the more colourful characters in the yesteryear Indian side, Krishnamachari Srikkanth would go on to become one of the most popular faces in cricket thanks to his aggressive and flamboyant batting skills. Making his international debut in a one-day international against England in 1981, Srikkanth became quite the entertainer and crowd favourite. He came as an ideal opening partner to Gavaskar, who was more a technically correct and occupy the crease kind of a player.

His quick reflexes, good hand eye coordination and fearless approach helped him to take on some of the most dreaded bowling attacks in the world. He loved to take on the quickies and enjoyed taking on the short pitch stuff. With a stable and dependable middle order, he had the license to go out and play his natural game. If averages were to go by, consistency was certainly not his thing but then a quick fire start helped the teams cause in a big way.

Popularly known as "Cheeka" amongst his mates, he was given the responsibility of captaincy in 1989 in an away series against Pakistan. India managed to draw all the Tests but his batting failures came under the scanner and he was dropped from the side. He made a not so successful comeback a couple of years later and finally announced his retirement in 1993.

Post retirement, he enjoyed a good stint as the coach of India 'A' side for a brief period and currently heads the national selection committee. Both his sons took to the game and of the two; Aniruddha Srikkanth has enjoyed a good stint with the Tamil Nadu state.

Fast Facts

  • Kris Srikkanth was the first Indian to score a half century and take 5 wickets in the same game, achieving it against New Zealand in 1988.
  • An important member in India’s 1983 World Cup winning squad.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 43 72 2062 3 29.88 - 2 12 123
ODI 146 145 4091 4 29.01 71.74 4 27 123
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 43 16 216 114 0 0/1 / - 3.16 0 0 0 0
ODI 146 33 712 641 25 5/27 / 25.64 5.40 0 2 0 1
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 40 0 0
ODI 42 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 4 0 0 0 4 0
ODI 13 4 8 0 1 30.77


India Vs England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Nov 27, 1981
Last played:
India Vs Australia at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Feb 01, 1992
India Vs England at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad - Nov 25, 1981
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Mar 15, 1992