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Know the ‘Tiger’ Prabhakar of cricket who is synonymous with the game in Mysuru

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Mysuru: “Cricket is not just about bat, ball and boundary. It is beyond boundary”. 

This was what veteran cricketer late V Prabhakar firmly believed in, for he  loved and lived cricket 24/7 throughout his life.

V Prabhakar seen with late royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar

Prabhakar was an iconic cricketer in his heydays and most known coach in Mysuru. There may not be none, especially those who played cricket in Mysuru between 1965 and 2002, who aren’t aware of Prabahakar and his remarkable contributions to the game that stands out till date.

Cricket is the most popular sport with its lovers spread across the globe. In the recent years, many cricketing talents have been selected to play for the top teams and gaining more name and fame. 

Prabhakar with former India cricketer Syed Kirmani

Prabhakar’s Cricket Clinic shaped many talents who shone from district level to national level taking Navodaya Cricket Club to the zenith.

Prabhakar and his unwavering bond with wicket lasted 40 years, with 25 years of active life as he represented Ideal Jawa cricket team.

The board of Prabhakar’s Cricket Clinic

He faced many players like late royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar ( who later became President of Karnataka State Cricket Association), G R Vishwanath, Brijesh Patel, Vijay Prasad and Roger Binny the former national players whose contributions needs no words.

Mention cricket of yesteryear’s in Mysuru, the conversation will have the mention of Prabhakar’s record knock of 100 in 38 balls during a league match.

Prabhakar with his students of cricket

As a cricketer turned coach, every year he trained not less than 250 cricketers at Navodaya Cricket Club. He was adept at imparting technical and fundamental skills to budding cricketers.

Navodaya Cricket Club secretary Srinivas Prasad the son of Prabhakar told Mysoorunews.com “Navodaya Cricket Club is committed to the development of cricket. We continue to coach passionate cricketers”.

The forthcoming V Prabhakar Memorial Legends Cricket tournament in T10 format is a testimony of our commitment to the game. The two-day tournament will be played at Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Stadium (Gangotri Galdes) at Manasa Gangotri on February 19 and 20.

Prabhakar receiving a trophy

First Women’s coaching

Prabhakar began cricket coaching for women also in 1994-95. Initially none was interested to join, To inspire others, Prabhakar introduced his own daughters Manjula and Mamata to the game first and later many of them followed the suit.

Tiger’ Prabhakar fame

Prabhakar was popular among cricketers as ‘Tiger’. He was attacking opponents like the big cat, sending shivers down the spine of opposite side.

KSCA role

Prabhakar headed many positions in various levels from Mysuru Zone to Karnataka State Cricket Association.

Navodaya Cricket Club

The year 1990 can be considered as the new era of cricket especially Mysuru. Navodaya Cricket Club was launched and till today many cricketing talents are reaping benefits. It has so far trained hundreds of players and motivated youths about ethical cricket. 

Cricket Academy Dream

Prabhakar a visionary cricketer and coach had dreamt of lending Academic approach to cricket. To prepare Mysuru as the best ground to launch budding cricketers,  he had plans to form a Cricket academy and was working to realise it. Now, Navodaya Cricket Club is nurturing similar plan.

Mysuru’s first T-10 tournament

Navodaya Cricket Club and Department of Physical Education, University of Mysore is Jointly Organizing “V Prabhakar memorial Legends T10 cricket tournament in Mysuru” on March 19 and 20 at SDNRW Stadium (Gangothri Glades).

Around 80 senior cricketers who have represented Ranji Trophy, Karnataka State, Mysuru division and University Cricket teams will be a part of this 2 Day tournament Post Covid-19. There is a slowdown in cricketing activities.

We want our fellow cricketers to keep themselves fit and contribute for the growth of cricket thereby Inspiring youngsters all over.

Tournament Brief: T10 Format: First of its kind tournament in Mysuru, 10-overs-a-side, Power play for three overs.

• 5 Teams || 10 League matches || Top 2 teams will play finals || Total 11 Matches Match timings: Day 1 Start: 8 am ; Day 2 start: 8.30am. Inauguration on March 19 at 7.30 am by Vice Chancellor, University of Mysore. Valedictory/Prize distribution on 20 March, 4.30 pm by S VijayaPrakash (former First Class Cricketer, K R Mohan Kumar (President, NavodayaCC) and Dr P Krishnaiah (Director, DoPE, UoM) will be the chief guests.

• Each team will get four matches to play.

• One team from Bengaluru region and four teams from Mofussil Areas.

• Boarding is arranged for all on both the days and lodging as per the requirement.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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