Australia’s fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath was all praises for his MRF pace academy ward Prasidh Krishna’s stupendous debut for India in the first ODI against England. The Karnataka pacer picked four wickets in his maiden ODI outing and helped India win the match by 66 runs.
Glenn McGrath had previously congratulated Prasidh on his selection in the Indian squad for the three-match ODI series against England and recently lauded his performance in the first ODI in MCA stadium in Pune. McGrath had worked on honing Prasidh’s skills at the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai back in 2017.
The First Thing I Picked From Glenn Mcgrath Was To Remain In The Present: Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh, who also went to the CA Centre of Excellence in Brisbane in 2019 as part of MRF Pace Foundation’s MoU with Cricket Australia, was overwhelmed by his mentor’s appreciation post.
Prasidh Krishna had credited Glenn McGrath’s influence on his bowling skills and contribution to his career.
“The difference he made was to bring in that aura of calmness and also he was very specific about the line and length with respect to different pitches. He always spoke of being consistent. The first thing I picked from him was to remain in the present under all circumstances as it is the most important aspect for a bowler when you are playing a game,” Kolkata Knight Riders official website quoted Prasidh.
England’s Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy had hammered Prasidh Krishna in his first three overs, but the lanky pacer came back well to dismiss Roy and Ben Stokes in quick succession. He then grabbed the wickets of Sam Billings and Tom Curran. His figures of 4-54 from 8.1 overs are an Indian record for the best bowling figures on ODI debut, bettering Noel David’s 3/21 against the West Indies in 1997.
The second ODI will be played on March 26 at the same venue in MCA stadium in Pune, Maharashtra with England looking to win and draw level in the three-match series. The visitors have already lost the Test series 1-3 and T20I series 2-3 before and would look to go back with a win on this tour.