India’s fast bowler and debutant Prasidh Krishna was outstanding as he got his first-ever taste of international cricket against England in the first ODI in Pune. Prasidh Krishna shared the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and could not be consistent in the initial overs. Nevertheless, he bounced back to finish with four wickets. The right-arm speedster underlined that it was crucial to pick up scalps even if gone for runs.
Prasidh Krishna threatened the England openers with nagging line and lengths; however, Jonny Bairstow opened his arms in the debutant’s third over, smashing 22 runs. But the Karnataka bowler was also the first Indian bowler to pick up the opening two wickets, sending back Jason Roy and Ben Stokes. Krishna also struck in the 33rd over to dismiss Sam Billings, who shared a 41-run stand with Moeen Ali.
The 25-year old returned to dismiss Tom Curran for his 4th wicket as it was the final nail in the coffin, registering a victory by 66 runs. By taking four scalps in less than nine overs, he became the first Indian bowler to snare a four-wicket haul on debut. Earlier, India put on a competitive 317 after four half-centuries from Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Krunal Pandya, and KL Rahul.
I want to be called a hit-the-deck bowler, I think I’m better at it: Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna admitted that India’s bowlers could not start well as England’s batsmen went hard; however, they took wickets in a heap. The 25-year old realized after the third over to stick to good lengths and lauded their bowling unit. Krishna hopes to rectify his lengths and come back for the second ODI. He revealed that they planned to pick wickets despite going for runs. The youngster also credited IPL for providing him ample experience; however, realized that it’s vital to keep bouncing back in 50-over cricket.
“I didn’t start off well, they went hard, but we took wickets in a cluster. I just wanted to hit good areas, I thought after the third over I can’t bowl full and hit the good lengths. As a bowling unit, we were outstanding today. I want to be called a hit-the-deck bowler, I think I’m better at it. I will go back, work on my lengths, and come back. I hope I can do it for the team for long. From the beginning even if we are going for runs, the talk was to pick up a wicket. IPL has helped me, but it’s important in a 10-over format it’s more important to come back,” Krishna said in the post-match presentation.