He represented Tamil Nadu in the Indian domestic circuit. Srikkanth played domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu and South Zone. He made his One Day International debut against England in Ahmedabad in 1981, followed two days later by his Test debut against England at Bombay at the age of 21.
He opened the innings partnering Sunil Gavaskar.
Known for his aggressive batting style, he was an early role model for opening batsmen in future years to adopt a similar approach to take advantage of fielding restrictions in the initial overs. As he matured, he tempered his aggression somewhat and became a mainstay of the Indian cricket team
In the 1983 World Cup final against the West Indies, Srikkanth top scored for India. He was made the captain of the Indian team in 1989.
He remained the captain of the team for India"s tour of Pakistan in 1989 and managed to draw all the four Tests of the series.
But the selectors were disappointed with his batting failures and dropped him. He returned two years later and played for another year before being dropped again. He retired from international cricket in 1993.
He was the first Indian player to score a half-century and pick up 5 wickets in an ODI. Srikkanth holds the unusual distinction of scoring the only run ever scored in international cricket at Ray Mitchell Oval, in Mackay, Australia.
The venue hosted its only international match during the 1992 Cricket World Cup, and the match was washed out after two deliveries. In June 2013, Srikkanth participated in the 6th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
After retirement he had a stint as the coach of the India "A" team He has since been a broadcaster and commentator with various sports and news channels.
On 18 February 2008, Krish Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of Indian Premier League.
On 27 September 2008, he was appointed the Chief Selector of the Indian Cricket team His tenure ended in 2012. On 20 December 2012, Krish Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise of Indian Premier League.