Prasidh Krishna Imitated Every Bowler But Looked Up To Lee

Prasidh Krishna Imitated Every Bowler But Looked Up To Brett Lee

Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today

Prasidh Krishna, an Indian pacer who made a record-breaking start to his international career against England in the first ODI, has revealed that he used to “copy every single spinner or fast bowler” when he started off.

Prasidh Krishna also said that former Australia quick Brett Lee was someone he always looked up to.

Prasidh Krishna sets new Indian record with 4 for 54 on ODI debut (Reuters Photo)
Prasidh Krishna sets new Indian record with 4 for 54 on ODI debut (Reuters Photo)

Prasidh Krishna Looked Up To Brett Lee

Prasidh Krishna’s impressive debut left the cricketing fraternity in awe-struck. The Karnataka pacer, playing his first ODI, became the first Indian to claim more than three wickets on his ODI debut and in the process recorded the best figures by an Indian playing his maiden ODI.

“Nobody really advised me in terms of taking up cricket as a career option. It’s just that my school coach Srinivas Murthy figured out that I was tall and I was getting the ball to move back. So, he’s the one who first corrected my running technique, the angle of my running, my loading, and all of that.”

” By doing all this, I also realized I was getting quicker and better. I was getting sharper with things. So that is when I realized, OK, there is something with fast bowling. And like I said, I always had a liking for fast bowling. Brett Lee was someone I always looked up to,” Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) official website quoted Krishna as saying.

“So that’s how it all started from school with Srinivas Murthy sir helping me. And yeah, from there, it’s been a mixture of everybody’s efforts. I remember one thing for sure. Any cousin, any elder cousin who walked with me on the road, was embarrassed because I used to imitate every single bowler in the world. “

Brett Lee KKR
Brett Lee KKR. (Photo Source: BCCI)

“All throughout my journey on the road, I would imitate actions and then try and be that guy trying to copy every single spinner or fast bowler. So, from there, it is all something natural, it all starts from the way you run in, and then load up. And I’m fortunate that I have a really smooth action that way,” he added.

In his debut ODI match, Prasidh Krishna returned with the figures of 4/54 from his 8.1 overs, which included a maiden over.

His idol Brett Lee picked 25 scalps in 38 appearances in IPL and averaged 43.8 and wasn’t successful in IPL like international cricket where he had over 700 wickets across formats and was a tough bowler to face as he generated extreme speed.  He played for KKR from 2011-2013 after representing KXIP from 2008-2010.

Prasidh Krishna: T20 Is A Fast Game And Is All About How Fast One Is Willing To Adapt

Reflecting on T20 cricket, Prasidh Krishna stressed that in this format, it is all about adapting to situations as quickly as possible as it is a “really fast game”.

“It is a really fast game — T20. So, it’s all about how fast are you willing to adapt! Because as a bowler, I don’t think there’s anybody who wants to just keep bowling one length all throughout.

“You want to do something, you want the batsman to do something, you want to try out things. So that’s where T20 comes into the picture because it challenges you about how many different things can you do and how consistently you can do,” he said.

“So, that way I was pretty happy and my height helped me with the yorkers because it was pretty tough for them to hit as it was coming from a really good height. And from that point onwards, it was about picking up skills, looking at people, and inventing your own things.

“They didn’t know what variations I had, and as I said, T20 is such a fast game that you don’t pick a couple of balls and the over is already done because you don’t really have time to think and plan and take a bowler on. You have to be there from ball one,” Krishna added.

Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna Playing For KKR In IPL – BCCI

Prasidh Krishna, who first burst onto the scenes in IPL 2018, after Kolkata Knight Riders signed him up as a replacement for the injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti, always had that extra pace to trouble the batsmen. Against England in 1st ODI, he showed maturity and adaptability beyond his age.

His stints to Australia with the legendary Jeff Thompson have played a major role. Also, learning from the great Australian former pacer Glenn McGrath at the Academy helped him a lot.

Prasidh Krishna has played 24 IPL matches in three seasons and taken 18 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Prasidh Krishna, the right arm pacer was picked in 18 member ODI squad for the first time for 3 ODIs. 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) 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.