The OGs from the 1990s have made sure that nobody has forgotten them from a very recent fintech brand advertisement which has gone viral, not just in India but in plenty of other cricket playing nations as well. The lead of the boy band, Venkatesh Prasad stole the limelight and that made us reminisce about the beautiful cricket days back from the 1990s.
Have you ever wondered who could be the Indian cricketers from the 1990s who could have been blockbuster players in the Indian T20 League? Let’s find out.
Prasad was one of those fast bowlers who showed the world that Indians could bowl at a decent clip as well. He didn’t say much when he was on the field but if you riled him up as Amir Sohail did in the 1996 World Cup, then you could see a different side to Prasad. His partnership with his fellow Karnataka fast bowler Javagal Srinath was ideal and a genuine match-winner. Imagine him bowling in the red and black of Team Bangalore with a packed Chinnaswamy Stadium chanting his name in the background. Goosebumps all around.
Azharuddin was India’s captain through the 1990s and one of the world’s craftiest batters ever seen. The end of Azhar’s career was bitter but he was undoubtedly one of the best batters this country has ever produced. Imagine his swag and his leg glance in the Indian T20 League. For just his charisma on the field and his leadership qualities, he would have been right there with the highest-paid players in the tournament and not to forget his acrobatic fielding at slips. Azharuddin would have been a star in the competition.
A once-in-a-generation bowler in Indian cricket, after Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath was the only out-and-out quick bowler the country had produced till the early 2000s. He carried the bowling department of the team in the 1990s and ended up as India’s most successful fast bowler in ODI cricket when he retired. He would have definitely solved Team Bangalore’s woes with death bowling and Bangalore fans wouldn’t have to see days where Harshal Patel is going for 37 runs in the final over of a crunch match.
Manoj Prabhakar played only till 1996 but was one of the standout players in that era of Indian cricket. Bowling was his strongest suit but he was also known for his power-hitting in the lower order. He could swing the new ball both ways and could also bowl some cunning slower balls as well. He could also open the innings with the bat as he did in England during the 1992-93 season and that tells us about the versatility of the guy. We all know how valuable that skill is in the contemporary world of T20 cricket and he would have definitely flourished.
Ajay Jadeja was one of the players who was light years ahead of his time. His playing style was more from the 2000s mould as he was an aggressive batter in the lower-middle order who could apply the finishing touches to an innings anytime he wanted. He was known for his cameos throughout his career and he would have been a perfect T20 player. He was a decent part-timer as well and was one of the standout fielders back in his day. All in all a complete package and franchises would have loved to have him play for them.
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