Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathy Raju, sometimes spelt Venkapathy Raju (born 9 July 1969) is a former Indian cricketer. He came into the Indian side in 1989–90 after capturing 32 wickets in the domestic season. He made his Test and One Day International début in the tour of New Zealand. When sent in as a night-watchman in his first Test innings, he batted for more than two hours for 31 runs while six wickets fell at the other end. He was part of the Indian team in England in 1990, but the knuckle of his left hand was broken by Courtney Walsh in the match against Gloucestershire which ended his tour.
|Full name||Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathy Raju|
|Born||9 July 1969|
Alamuru, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 189)||2 February 1990 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||11 March 2001 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 75)||1 March 1990 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||26 May 1996 v England|
Source: CricInfo, 4 February 2006
Back home in India, he helped India win the one-off Test against Sri Lanka in the only Test match played at the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh. Raju was a last-minute selection on a wicket that afforded turn and kept low. On the second day, he ran through the Lankan middle order with a spell of 5 wickets for two runs in 39 balls. He took one more wicket on the next day to finish with 6 for 12 in 17.5 overs, four of the batsmen failed to score. His match figures of 8 for 37 in 53 overs won him the only man of the match award of his international career. He has played two World Cups for India in 1992 and 1996.
Raju was the vice president of Hyderabad Cricket Association. Earlier, he was the selector for Indian Cricket Team from the south zone during 2007-2008, when India won the ICC World T20 under Dhoni's captaincy. Currently working as a commentator for Hotstar Telugu premium channel for CWC2019.
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- Vijay Lokapally (3 November 1993). "India in Sri Lanka, 1993-94 - Sri Lanka". Sportstar. Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
- Wisden reports of Sri Lanka's tour of India, 1990–91
- "Venkatapathy Raju: The man who changed his fortunes by switching over from a right-arm off-spinner to a left-arm spinner!". Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- Raju inspires Pragyan Ojha