Prasidh Krishna’s domestic performances have been impressive. He was a driving force behind Karnataka winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day titles in 2017-18 and 2019-20.
Most India players and budding stars struggled to train during the Covid-19 lockdown last year as they were locked up in their homes, but Karnataka pacer M Prasidh Krishna, who was picked in the Indian ODI squad for the upcoming home ODI series against England, maintained his fitness at a friend’s garage in his neighbourhood in Bengaluru.
Prasidh Krishna Impressed In Domestic Performances And Was Called Up For England ODIs
Prasidh Krishna was picked in 18 member ODI squad for the first time along with Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya for 3 ODIs.
“Initially, lockdown [for me] was quite like anybody else’s. Like two-three months of it was just at home, nothing to do much. I was just doing my basic stuff, and then later a bit more. I was fortunate enough to have a friend nearby — he had a gym in his garage. So, we put up a small station there and trained there. Once the Indian Premier League was announced, from then on everything went smoothly,” said the 25-year old Krishna.
The right-arm pace bowler has been picked for the three-match ODI series against England that begins in Pune on March 23. Prasidh Krishna’s domestic performances have been impressive. He was a driving force behind Karnataka winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day titles in 2017-18 and 2019-20.
He was the second-highest wicket-taker (17), behind Mohammed Siraj in the 2017-18 edition, and also picked 17 scalps in the 2019-20 edition. In the just-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, he was among the top five wicket-takers with 14 scalps and helped Karnataka reach the semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Mumbai.
Prasidh Krishna Credits Combination Of Both IPL And Domestic Performances Behind His Selection In ODIs
Prasidh Krishna feels his domestic performances, as well as IPL, has helped him. While Karnataka doing well has helped him get noticed, the IPL aided him in gaining experience of playing under pressure.
“It has been a combination of both IPL and domestic cricket performances. At the domestic level, Karnataka has been doing really well over the last few years. I think I am blessed being part of the Karnataka side,” he said.
“Even at Kolkata Knight Riders, in terms of the platform they have given me and the exposure I have had, with so many other stars around — nothing can beat that. When you play the IPL, the first things is that you have to perform in pressure situations against international stars and in front of around 60,000 people. Second thing is that you rub shoulders with the greats of the game.” added Prasidh Krishna.
Known for bowling at a good pace and extracting bounce, Prasidh Krishna has played 24 matches in three IPL seasons and taken 18 wickets. He has been a bit expensive though in the IPL, conceding at 9.33 runs per over. Captain Virat Kohli, however, feels he is needed in the India team.
“I think one guy will be a surprise package going to Australia (for 2020 T20 World Cup which didn’t happen due to Covid-19). Someone who can bowl with pace and has bounce. Prasidh has done well in the domestic arena. It is a great luxury to have this group of bowlers in all formats.” Kohli had said in early 2020.
“Kohli saying this gave me a lot of confidence. For me, someone like the captain of the Indian cricket team talking about you or mentioning your name means that you work a little more harder and you might get called up and it has happened. I think it did boost my confidence — the way I trained and my motivation level,” he said on Kohli instilling confidence.
With a lot of competition in the Indian team for pace bowlers’ slots, Prasidh Krishna will find it tough to establish himself. But he doesn’t feel any pressure.
“Not really (on asked if there is pressure to perform). It has been the same for me in Karnataka which was a star-studded bowling line-up. It took me some time to break into the line-up,” he said of the time he had to sit out as R Vinay Kumar, S Aravind and Abhimanyu Mithun remained the first-choice bowlers for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy.
Prasidh Krishna began playing cricket about 13 years back when as a 12-year-old, he enrolled in the Basavanagudi Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. His father did not play any good level of cricket although he was pretty famous as a player in his locality besides being a cricket fan. His mother was a university volleyball player.
“As usual, like any other youngster in the country, I started playing cricket just like that.” he added.
The Bengaluru-lad also talked about what prompted him to take up fast bowling.
“The sheer joy of watching the stumps flying and knowing batsmen get scared of the fast bowlers — bouncers and all of that. That is what pulled me towards fast bowling.”
Prasidh Krishna has taken 18 scalps from 24 IPL games with 10 wickets in 2018 which came in 7 games.