Showstopper performances by Hari Prasad BS as the libero were one of the catalysts for Kolkata Thunderbolts to win the inaugural edition of RuPay Prime Volleyball League Powered by A23 in 2022.

A hero without a cape, Prasad’s efforts in Season 1 propelled the Thunderbolts to sign him again at the Season 2 Player Auction.

Prasad, who hails from Karnataka, was not always a libero. He started as a setter when playing volleyball at the school and college level but transitioned to a libero after he joined the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 2013.

His determination and love for the sport saw him represent Karnataka at the junior and senior levels. His domestic honours include a bronze at the Sub-Junior National Championship in Chennai.

2019 was perhaps a breakthrough year for the young libero as he was a member of the silver medal-winning India team at the 2019 Asian Men's U-23 Volleyball Championship in Myanmar. This advocated his transition to don the national jersey.

Two years later, Prasad would go on to win a gold medal at the 2021 Federation Cup in Rajasthan.

Prasad has maintained a good rapport with Kolkata Thunderbolts skipper and teammate Ashwal Rai. Rai’s advice of ‘Never Give Up’ pushed the libero to excel in his career as he reminisced in an interview with Kolkata Thunderbolts.

Joining the Thunderbolts for RuPay Prime Volleyball League Powered by A23 in 2021, Prasad was adjudged as one of the top five liberos for the season. He registered 32 digs with an astonishing 72.7% dig success rate.

This performance saw him earn recognition from the Karnataka Government in December 2022 when he was conferred with the Eklavya Award. The ceremony took place at the Raj Bhavan in Karnataka.

With the second edition of RuPay Prime Volleyball League Powered by A23 set to begin in a few weeks, Hari Prasad BS will start as one of the top players to watch out for in the competition as he will aim to replicate his success from Season 1.