Selection committee must consider Prasidh Krishna seriously for the red ball as well: Sunil Gavaskar

Selection committee must consider Prasidh Krishna seriously for the red ball as well: Sunil Gavaskar

Prasidh has picked 34 wickets in nine first-class games so far along with taking 87 wickets in 50 List A games.

Prasidh Krishna and Sunil Gavaskar
Prasidh Krishna and Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Right-arm quick Prasidh Krishna has managed to impress the who’s who of the cricket fraternity with his excellent bowling performance in the ongoing three-match ODI series against England. Making his debut in the first ODI, Krishna had picked 4 wickets to become the first Indian bowler to scalp as many as 4 wickets on the ODI debut.

The 25-year-old had finished with the figures of 8.1-1-54-4. The second game saw Krishna picking two prized wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler but that came in a  losing cause as India lost the second ODI in Pune by 6 wickets to level the series by 1-1.

Just like many other cricketers, India’s former captain and renowned commentator Sunil Gavaskar also seemed impressed with Prasidh’s pace and seam position as he backed the youngster to do well in the longest format of the game. Gavaskar believes that the selectors should consider Krishna for Test matches too as just like Jasprit Bumrah he can excel in the purest format after shining in the ODIs.

Prasidh has picked 34 wickets in nine first-class games so far along with taking 87 wickets in 50 List A games. “I tell you what, with those seam-up deliveries, he is someone that the Indian selection committee must consider seriously for the red ball (Tests) as well,” Gavaskar said during his TV commentary on Friday.

“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,” the veteran added.

Personally, I would like to start better: Prasidh Krishna

While Prasidh Krishna has managed to make heads turn with his exemplary performance with the ball in the middle-overs and death overs, one of the major drawbacks of his bowling has been his inability to put a halt to the flow of the runs with the new ball. 

In both the One Day Internationals, the 25-year-old failed to impress with the new ball and delivered below-average performance. The right-arm quick is aware of his shortcoming and is looking forward to work on it in the nets.

“Personally, I would like to start better. I would like to improve on how I have been starting with the (new ball). Otherwise, all the runs that I gave away were scored off bad balls. So I would go back and work on those aspects,” Krishna said in a virtual press conference.