Prasidh Krishna, the latest young pace sensation of India might just be two matches old on the international arena but has managed to make a mark for himself already.
Impressed by his wicket-taking prowess, former India opener Sunil Gavaskar feels that the bowler could be a world-class option for India in the Tests as well.
Prasidh Krishna Is Someone The Indian Selection Committee Must Seriously Consider For Tests: Sunil Gavaskar
Prasidh Krishna picked up four wickets conceding 54 runs in the first ODI against England, playing a crucial role in India’s 66-run victory in Pune. He returned with figures of 2/58 in the 2nd ODI which came in a lost cause but he gave a ray of hope dismissing centurion Jonny Bairstow and castling skipper Jos Buttler for nought in the same over.
“With those seam-up deliveries, he is someone the Indian selection committee must consider seriously for red-ball cricket (Tests) as well. Just like Jasprit Bumrah, from T20s and ODIs, has now become India’s premium bowler in the Test format, Prasidh Krishna, with his pace and the seam-up position could be a very, very good red-ball bowler as well,” said Gavaskar.
Meanwhile, Prasidh Krishna said that he needs to improve and be economical while bowling with the new ball. The right-arm pace bowler picked four wickets for 54 runs in the first ODI and two for 58 in the second game that India lost. While he picked wickets in later spells, his initial spells in both the matches proved costly and were wicketless.
“Personally I would like to start better. I would like to improve on how I have been starting, bowling with the new ball. All the runs that I gave away today were bad balls bowled by myself. So I would go back and work on it,” said Prasidh when asked to assess his bowling.
In the first match that India won by 66 runs, he conceded 37 runs in three overs without taking a wicket in his initial spell with the new ball. In Friday’s second game, where England romped to a six-wicket win, the pacer conceded 0/25 in his first four overs.
Prasidh Krishna: India Could Have Bowled Better But English Batsmen Should Be Credited For Their Onslaught
The 25-year-old Karnataka pacer admitted India did not bowl well enough on Friday.
“We did have a plan and discussed how they were going but we tried our best when we bowled. There were a couple of chances that could have gone our way. We must give credit to them, the way they went after our bowling but yeah, there is room for improvement for our bowlers as well,” he said while talking to media in virtual interaction.
“We could have bowled better, not denying the fact. But we need to give credit to them for the way they played. Yeah, it was an onslaught. We got hit. In white-ball cricket, with four outside the circle, between 11-40 overs, this is bound to happen. I know we are going to bounce back stronger. The same situation last game, we did come back and had a great result,” he added.
“Our execution could have been better. I am talking about myself alone. We did make mistakes.”
England chased down a stiff 337-run target with 6 wickets and 39 balls remaining to level the ongoing series 1-1 with Jonny Bairstow (124) and Ben Stokes (99) providing necessary fireworks in the 2nd ODI against India in Pune.
Jonny Bairstow scored 124 off 112 balls and Ben Stokes fell 1 run short of a century but he had done the hard work and inflicted damage to India by scoring at a strike rate of 190.38. It was tough to see spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya leaking runs without any sort of control.