E. A. S. Prasanna

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Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas "E.A.S." Prasanna About this soundpronunciation  (born 22 May 1940) is a former Indian cricket player. He was a spin bowler, specializing in off spin and a member of the Indian spin quartet. He is an alumnus of National Institute of Engineering, Mysore.

E. A. S. Prasanna
Personal information
Born (1940-05-22) 22 May 1940 (age 79)
Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut10 January 1962 v England
Last Test27 October 1978 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC List A
Matches 49 235 9
Runs scored 735 2476 33
Batting average 11.48 11.90 16.5
100s/50s -/- -/2 -/-
Top score 37 81 22
Balls bowled 14353 54823 586
Wickets 189 957 17
Bowling average 30.38 23.45 18.7
5 wickets in innings 10 56 0
10 wickets in match 2 9 0
Best bowling 8/76 8/50 3/29
Catches/stumpings 18/- 127/- 3/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 November 2014


Prasanna played his debut Test cricket match at Madras against England in 1961. His first overseas tour to the West Indies was a tough one and he did not play another Test for five years. He left the sport for a period to finish his engineering degree, returning in 1967. He gained a regular place in the side following his excellent performances in England in 1967.

He retired in 1978, after a tour of Pakistan which also signalled the decline of Bishen Singh Bedi and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar. He twice led Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy, the first time ending Bombay's 15-year reign. Prasanna was highly successful not only on Indian turning wickets, but on foreign pitches too. He achieved the record of fastest 100 wickets in Tests for an Indian Bowler (in 20 Tests) at his time. His record was broken by Ravichandran Ashwin .

Widely respected and feared in domestic cricket as well, he enjoyed bowling to batsmen that were willing to try to hit him. He had a neat, brisk, high action and marvellous control of line, length, and flight. He spun the ball in a classic high loop towards the batsman, increasing his chances of beating his adversary in the air. As a result, he made the ball bounce higher than expected. A bowler with an attacking mindset, he was also patient, and would bait a batsman for over after over, attempting to induce a mistake.

He has written an autobiography, One More Over.

Awards and achievementsEdit


  1. ^ "Padma Awards Directory" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  2. ^ "E Prasanna Profile".
  3. ^ "E Prasanna: A mystery spinner".
  4. ^ "Making the ball talk". Archived from the original on 4 December 2002.
  5. ^ "Master of flight and turn". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 April 2000.