E.A.S Prasanna, a member of the Indian spin quartet, which dominated the world cricket between 1960 and 1970 turned 80 on Friday. He was born on this day, in 1940 in Bengaluru, and went to become a legendary spinner for India. Australian great Ian Chappell still remains in awe of the brilliant technique E.A.S Prasanna used to execute his bowling.
“His knowledge of spin bowling, I mean, he combined his engineering background with spin bowling and he came up with things, you know, I have spoken to Shane Warne at length about spin bowling and he is fascinating to listen to, so is Muttiah Muralitharan. Murali is very good to listen to. But I have never had the conversations with anyone else I had with Prasanna because he had the added bonus of being an engineer,” Chappell said on Sony Ten Pit Stop.
E.A.S Prasanna: As a player
E.A.S Prasanna was difficult to be picked up by any batsmen even on pitches which favoured them. He was a master of flighted deliveries, half-volleys and could bowl it way shorter than a batsman would expect to deceive them. His floater would even drift and wobbled in the air.
But Prasanna had a wayward start to his Test career. After making his Test debut in 1962, he had to to wait for five years to get another chance in the national team. This was the time he established himself in the side and delivered what was required of him. He became the favourite of captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
He retired in 1978 with 189 wickets in Test at an average of 30.38. He had a brilliant economy rate of 2.40 and picked up 10 five-wicket hauls in the longest format.
E.A.S Prasanna: What is he up to now
On his birthday, legends from the cricket fraternity paid tribute to him recalling his excellence in cricket. He, however, believes to keep a low-profile at not much is known about him at the moment.
E.A.S Prasanna: Lesser known facts
E.A.S Prasanna completed his engineering degree in the five-year gap he got in cricket after his debut. Once Australian great Ian Chappell introduced him to Shane Warne saying: “Son, you’re talking to one of the greatest spinner ever”.
Prasanna was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1970. He bagged a castrol lifetime achievement award in 2006 and was presented with an award from the cricket board for playing more than 50 Tests.