Venkatapathy Raju did plenty of note as a leading slow left arm bowler for India. Indeed, till he was eight he used to bowl right-handed and throw left-handed until an astute coach urged him to take up bowling with the other hand. That served him well. He tossed the ball up, tempting the batsman, beating him in the air and off the pitch. He bowled to immaculate line and length and ended with 93 wickets in 28 Tests at 31. In 53 ODIs, his tally was 63 wickets at 32. When the situation demanded, he could be a dour and decent late-order batsman as well.
On home tracks, he was part of the spin trio unleashed by Mohammad Azharuddin, the others being Anil Kumble and Rajesh Chauhan, who kick-started a decade of Indian domination through dusty wickets and turning balls. However, his 11.4-7-11-3 at Adelaide and 46-15-73-3 at Port Elizabeth showed that he could be a dogged and effective customer on foreign pitches as well.
Venkatapathy Raju did put in some good overs against Australia during the triumphant Chennai Test of 1998, but by then his best days were behind him. He did play once more after that, in the great Kolkata Test of 2001, and bowled Mark Waugh with an arm-ball in the second innings. But that was his only wicket in the Test and soon he made way for other tweakers.
Venkatapathy Raju Height, Age, Net Worth and Biography
|Venkatapathy Raju Biography|
|Born Name||Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathy Raju|
|Nick Name||Venkatapathy Raju|
|International Debut||Test Debut:New Zealand v India at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, February 2, 1990
ODI Debut:New Zealand v India at Carisbrook, Dunedin, March 1, 1990
|Jersey Number||Not known|
|Domestic/State Teams||Not known|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Slow left-arm|
|Nature on field||Not known|
|Likes to play against||Not known|
|Date of Birth||09-07-1969|
|Birth Place||Alamuru, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Educational Qualifications||Not known|
|Net Worth & Salary (approx.)|
|Net Worth||Not known|
|Address||Alamuru, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Phone/Mobile Number||Not known|
|Social Media Profile||Facebook