Puri: Former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad visited Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri on Saturday, had a darshan of the deities and sought their blessings.
Venkatesh, who is presently the Deputy General Manager of Canara Bank, had been to Bhubaneswar to attend a programme. Prior to his return he visited the pilgrim town of Puri along with some bank officials for a darshan of the Lord.
Authorities of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) guided Venkatesh for a smooth darshan of the deities. While the former cricketer offered a Khandua Pata to the Lord he was presented with a packet containing the chariot rope, cloth, wood, etc.
Venkatesh also clarified that he has not arrived to watch the 3rd ODI between India and West Indies to be played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on December 22, but will return today.
A right-arm medium-fast bowler, Venkatesh had made his debut in 1994 and played both Tests and ODIs. He retired from all forms of cricket in May 2005.
Venkatesh was India’s bowling coach from 2007 to 2009. He was also bowling coach for Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. Besides, he was also head of BCCI’s All-India Junior Selection Panel for three years, ending his tenure in 2018.