He was taken to the cleaners by a rampaging Jonny Bairstow in his first spell, was debutant Prasidh Krishna. But, in the end, it was the Karnataka seamer who had the last laugh as he claimed figures of 4/54 in 8.1 overs to become the first Indian bowler to claim four scalps on ODI debut.
Krishna had a disastrous start to his ODI career as Jonny Bairstow took him to the cleaners in his 3rd over by smashing him for two fours and as many sixes.
A lot of youngsters would have lost their confidence after having suffered such a mauling during his very first outing but Prasidh Krishna thanks to his steely temperament proved that he isn’t one of them.
With Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow going hammer and tongs, India desperately needed a breakthrough, which is exactly what they got from Prasidh Krishna.
Kohli brought Krishna in the attack in the 15th over and he responded immediately by outfoxing Jason Roy with extra pace and steep bounce. The English opener gave an easy catch to Suryakumar Yadav at point, thus opening the floodgates for an eventual English collapse.
Prasidh Krishna backed it up with the wicket of Ben Stokes in the next over and he could have even got Eoin Morgan after he induced an outside edge off England captain’s bat but for Virat Kohli who shelled it in the slip-cordon.
Prasidh came back in his third spell where he dismissed Sam Billings before wrapping up the innings by claiming Tom Curran.
The Karnataka pacer, in the process, leapfrogged former off-spinner Noel David (3-21) to register the best-ever figures by an Indian bowler on ODI debut.