Venkatesh Prasad, who started the Indian offensive with the new ball along with Javagal Srinath, today became (August 5) 48 years old. Venkatesh has been in the limelight for a long time on the interesting controversy during the ODI World Cup-1996. His method of ‘send off’ to Aamir Sohail in the match against Pakistan is still amidst in the mind of fans. After a span of nearly 21 years later, remember that famous phrase once again, what happened after that match
Statistics show that Pakistan’s team could not win Team India from the World Cup anytime. In the same sequence, both opponents landed against each other in the knockout round of the World Cup-1996. The result of the match played at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium was once again in favor of India, but a verbal note between Aamir Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad made this match even more high voltage.
Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar’s Pakistani openers were chasing the target of 288 runs. Both of them bowled 84 runs in the first 10 overs match. But Sohail continued to beat the Indian bowlers during that time, not only Indian players, fences also appeared in tension. Sohail hit a fine chunk on the off side of the medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad of India in the 15th over of the innings. And with the same enthusiasm, he left no stone unturned in promoting Venkatesh. Actually, Sohail pointed to his bat and once again said to play the shot.
What was then, Venkatesh gave a fantastic answer to Sohail’s challenge. The next ball was thrown that Sohail did not understand anything. Once again he became bold in an attempt to repeat the last shot. After this, the zeal of Venkatesh was worth seeing.
The way of ‘send off’ he became famous.
After all, India defeated Pakistan by 39 runs. Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad 3-3 wickets. The Pakistan team, which is heading for victory, had to face the brunt of Sohail’s mistake. India once again retained its hundred percent record of defeating Pakistan in the World Cup, all the credit goes to ace Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad. Hope he celebrates many more birthdays like this and bring accolades to India.