Former India pacer, Venkatesh Prasad feels that Prasidh Krishna’s height is a key differentiator between him and almost all other pacers in the Indian squad. Krishna, who enjoyed a brilliant Vijay Hazare Trophy with the ball, has been given his maiden national call-up to face England in the upcoming 3-match ODI series.
Venkatesh Prasad points out that other than Ishant Sharma, who is a Test specialist, there could be hardly anyone as tall as the 6 feet 2 inches tall Kolkata Knight Riders speedster, which will help him extract extra bounce from the surface.
“Honestly speaking, I have not seen him much. I have heard quite a bit about his skills. The first and foremost is that he has got height. This is extremely important for a fast bowler, especially to get the extra bounce.
“In India’s bowling line-up, I don’t think other than Ishant Sharma, anyone else is a six-footer. Maybe Mohammad Siraj. Umesh Yadav maybe 5’11”, but not Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvneshwar,” Venkatesh Prasad told news18.com.
“What strikes one about Krishna is his height, he must be 6’2”. That’s a very good height to get the extra bounce. He also has a high-arm action. He doesn’t run in very quickly to the bowling crease. Shami, Siraj and Umesh run in quickly. Bumrah jogs in, isn’t? But Krishna generates pace at the last minute because of his long levers.
“He was in and out of the Karnataka team, probably because of injuries. But he has been doing well in the last three seasons. That’s the reason the selectors have selected him for the ODIs,” he added.
It’s important that the selectors persist with him: Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad, who picked 292 international scalps for India, opines that the selectors are looking to try out youngsters like Prasidh Krishna in the limited-overs formats. However, the 51-year-old suggests the selectors be patient with the young pacers and give them a long rope.
“They want to try them in ODIs and Twenty20 matches. In Test cricket, which is the purest form, you need to pick the best XI. At age 22 or 23, a bowler is much more matured. Prasidh has done well, he has got the opportunity, but it’s important that the selectors persist with him.
“I think the selectors are trying to build a good bench strength of fast bowlers. Now there must be some 8 to 10 fast bowlers,” the former seamer further added.