Veteran all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar was appointed as the head coach of the Nepal cricket team just a few months back. Prabhakar, who has done big things in his career, also has a lot of coaching experience. He has held the position of coach of several international and domestic teams. But now this veteran has taken an important decision related to his career.
Prabhakar took a big decision
Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar on Thursday decided to step down as the head coach of the Nepal cricket team. Nepal Cricket Board announced this. Prabhakar, 59, served in the post for four months. Prabhakar, who scored 1,600 runs and took 96 wickets in 39 Tests for India from 1984 to 1995, was appointed coach of the Nepali team in August. He has also taken 157 wickets in 130 ODIs for the country. The Nepal Cricket Association announced on its official Twitter handle, “Manoj Prabhakar has stepped down from the post of head coach of the Nepal Men’s National Cricket Team with immediate effect on 15 December 2022.”
This is how it was with the Nepal team
Under Prabhakar, the Nepal team played five T20 Internationals and seven ODIs, including four matches in the World Cup Super League 2. Under his guidance, Nepal had a successful tour of Kenya in which the team went on to win the five-match T20 International series 3-2 and clean sweep them 3-0 in ODIs. Nepal registered a 2-1 win in the home ODI series against UAE last month. Prabhakar, who played 39 Tests and 130 ODIs for India from 1984 to 1996, had earlier coached Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Ranji teams. He was also the bowling coach of the Afghanistan national team in 2016.
Such was Manoj Prabhakar’s performance in the last match
In the last match that Manoj Prabhakar played against Sri Lanka, he bowled four overs and spent 47 runs in it. Sri Lankan openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana thrashed him fiercely. After bowling four overs, when Mohammad Azharuddin saw that Prabhakar’s beating did not stop, he did not give him overs for the rest of the match and got his overs completed by other bowlers. Batting first in this match, Team India had scored 271 runs for three wickets and Sri Lanka had a target of 272 runs to win. The special thing is that in this match, India’s opener Sachin Tendulkar scored a century, while the other opener Manoj Prabhakar scored only seven runs in 36 balls.
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