Krishnamachari Srikkanth Wiki, Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Krishnamachari Srikkanth is a former cricketer who represented India in One-dayers and tests during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was basically an opening batter with a hard-hitting capability to hit the ball at the start of the inning, unlike other batters at that time. He was the one who started the trend of hitting fast bowlers when the ball was new whose style was later copied by many hard-hitting openers around the world.

Wiki/Biography

Krishnamachari Srikkanth was born on Monday, 21 December 1959 (age 62 years; as of 2021) at E. V. Kalyani Nursing home, Mylapore, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He started playing cricket in the streets of Madras where he was raised up. He made his international debut in 1981 against England. A few days later, he made his test debut in the same series. Soon, he started making his mark in international cricket by performing well for his side. In the 1983 World Cup final, he emerged as the top scorer for the team and helped India to lift their maiden World Cup. This followed up with a World Series title in 1985. In 1989, he was given the captaincy of the Indian team. But due to his poor form with the bat, he was later dropped from the side. In 1993, he retired from all international cricket. Post-retirement, he remained with the Indian team in many roles like a coach, cricket analyst, and chief selector.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8″

Hair Colour: Natural Black

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Family

Parents & Siblings

His father’s name is C.R. Krishnamachari and he was a businessman. His mother’s name is Indira Krishnamachari and she is a homemaker. He has one brother and a sister. His brother’s name is Krishnamachari Srinath and his sister’s name is Srekala Bharath. She is a renowned classical dancer.

Srekala Bharath

Wife & Children

Srikkanth got married on 30 March 1983 to Vidya Srikanth.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth with his wife

He has got two sons named Anirudha Srikkanth who is a domestic-level cricketer. He is married to Arti Anirudha.

Anirudha Srikkanth with his wife

His other son’s name is Adithyaa Srikkanth and he is a businessman.

Adithyaa Srikkanth

Signature/Autograph

Career

International Debut

ODI

On 25 November 1981 against England at Motera Stadium (now Narendra Modi Stadium) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Test

On 27 November 1981 against England at Wankhede Stadium in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

T20I

There was no T20 at that time

Records

  • First Indian to get out on 99 runs in One-day Internationals.
  • Second international cricketer to score a fifty and take five wickets in the same match on 10 December 1988 against New Zealand. [1]
  • The joint most catches in a single test inning by a fielder. [2]

Stats

Batting Stats

Tests
• Matches- 43
• Innings- 72
• Runs- 2062
• Highest Score- 123
• Average- 29.88
• 100s- 2
• 50s- 12
• 0s- 7

One Day Internationals
• Matches- 146
• Innings- 145
• Runs- 4091
• Highest Score- 123
• Average- 29.01
• Balls Faced- 5702
• Strike Rate- 71.74
• 100s- 4
• 50s- 37
• 0s- 11

Bowling Stats

Tests
• Matches- 43
• Innings- 16
• Overs- 36.0
• Maidens- 3
• Runs Conceded- 114
• Wickets- 0
• Economy- 3.16
• 5-wicket Haul- 0
• Best Bowling in an Inning- 0

One Day Internationals
• Matches- 146
• Innings- 33
• Overs- 118.4
• Maidens- 3
• Runs Conceded- 641
• Wickets- 25
• Best Bowling in an Inning- 5/27
• Average- 25.64
• Economy- 5.40
• Strike Rate- 28.4
4-wickets in an inning- 0
5-wickets in an innings- 5

Domestic/State Teams

  • Tamil Nadu
  • South Zone

Krishnamachari Srikkanth

The first time he started playing any tournament was a city Inter-school cricket competition. Later, he attended a coaching camp conducted by Mushtaq Ali when he was in the school final year. In 1981, he made his international debut for India against England at Bombay (now Mumbai) where he couldn’t score any run after facing ten deliveries. Three days later, he made his test debut in the same series where he scored 0 and 13 runs respectively.   Both these games ended in a draw. His first fifty came against England at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 9 December 1981. He hit his first test century (116 runs) against Australia in January 1986. India then played their first match of the 1983 Cricket World Cup against Windies on 9 June at Manchester where Srikkanth scored 14 runs. His total runs stand at 156 runs in 8 games with an average of 19.5. His highest score came against Australia at Nottingham with 39 runs at the league stages.

Krishnamachari plays a shot for his valiant 38 runs against West Indies in the 1983 World Cup finals

Fans Swarms onto the ground after India’s 1983 World Cup win

Krishnamachari Srikkanth posing his teammates after winning the 1983 World CupKrishnamachari Srikkanth posing his teammates after winning the 1983 World Cup

In 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of cricket, he scored 63 runs in the finals and helped his side to win the title. He was then made the captain of the Indian side in 1989 where his team could manage to draw all four test matches against Pakistan in their homeland. However, he was dropped from the side due to his poor performance with the bat in that seriesAfter two years, he was back to the side for the Australia series where he could not score big and ended up with 135 runs in 8 innings with an average of 16.88. After a few months, he announced his retirement from international cricket after the 1992 World Cup and then a tour of Australia. After retirement, he worked as a coach of the India-A team for a brief stint and later worked as the commentator and expert analyst with various news and sports channels. When IPL started in 2008, he was made the brand ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). On 27 September 2008, he was made the Chief selector of the Indian Cricket team and his tenure ended in 2012. On 20 December 2012, he was then made the ambassador for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Srikkanth with Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, and Syed Kirmani at the press conference in Bengaluru, Karnataka

Apart from this, he became the commentator of the TV Network Star Sports Tamil channel.

Award

C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India in 2020

Favorites

  • Cricketers: Vivian Richards, Gundappa Viswanath, Sachin Tendulkar, Dennis Lillee
  • Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis
  • Food: Lemon Rasam and Cheppankizhangu Fry

Facts/Trivia

  • Does Krishnamachari Srikkanth smoke?: Yes

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth smoking

  • Srikkanth was once asked about his superstitious nature. To which he replied,

    “All of us, every human being is superstitious. I used to look at the sun every time when I entered the ground because I believe in the sun god. I come from an orthodox family which is very religious. It is the upbringing maybe, but I have the habit of looking at the sun 3 times, twirling the bat, touching the pads, and then going into my crouched stance, my legs wide apart, etc. The extra ‘K’ added in my name is due to numerological reasons.”

  • Many Indian cricketers posed their views on Srikkanth. Kapil Dev said,

    “Srikkanth’s technique was unique. He was different from others. He was one batsman who could defend the ball and could blast an identical ball when he wanted to. He hit the bowlers all over the place. He had a tremendous eye. He was a great entertainer. His achievements were tremendous both in five-day and one-day cricket. I didn’t admire his technique but certainly did admire the manner in which he could hammer the bowlers”

    Navjot Singh Sidhu said,

    “On his day, you could never set a field for Srikkanth. His batting was magnetic, attracting crowds from all over the world. His batting was such that even the opponents loved watching him play. The most striking feature of Srikkanth’s batting was his urge to dominate the bowlers. When he batted, he would either tear the attack or get out. I have never seen anyone bat like him. He had a character and style of his own. Nobody can copy ‘Cheeka Bhai”

    Syed Kirmani told

    “A cheerful man like Srikkanth is a blessing to the side. He is a most accommodative person, a good team-mate, a source of encouragement on the field. In the case of sportspersons, the face would tell everything when they were under pressure. The most enviable quality in Srikkanth has been that he would never show that he was under tension. This quality helped Srikkanth, the cricketer to succeed.”

    Sachin Tendulkar said,

    “Srikkanth would pull my legs often in Pakistan saying, “Sachin, you are going to be India’s captain. Don’t forget me”. It was in a lighter vein. Cheeka never kept a formal captain-player relationship. I got full encouragement from him. For any youngster to get such encouragement, I could myself lucky to have played under him. He never put pressure on me. He would say, “Just play your game. Play your natural game, you will get runs”. Srikkanth was a friendly guy and absolutely marvellous.”

    Sunil Gavaskar took a bow in front of Srikkanth after he hit 4 fours in an over against Ashantha De Mel of Sri Lanka in the mid-1980s

  • A Bollywood movie named ’83’ was to be released on 24 December 2021 where Jiiva is portraying the role of Krishnamachari Srikkanth in the movie.

    Jiiva’s look as Krishnamachari Srikkanth from ’83