Left to make do with assets at hand, skipper CM Gautham tossed the ball – one over previous – to Prasidh Krishna. Together with his very first supply, the gawky teenager claimed the wicket of Rony Talukdar. Prasidh completed with a match-winning haul of six wickets together with a 5 for 49.
But, that scintillating debut was not sufficient to earn the teenager a everlasting spot within the staff – an affidavit to Karnataka’s riches. Over the following year-and-a-half, Prasidh warmed the bench till his Listing A debut in February 2017. It was the retirement of left-arm pacer Sreenath Arvind in early 2018 that helped Prasidh cement his place within the facet.
Prasidh admits the interval was tough, however his skill to grind it out and stay targeted helped. His mindset throughout harm layoffs has been related.
“The powerful feeling of wanting to play cricket is what has kept me going,” Prasidh instructed TOI final week when he was named within the Indian squad for the three-match ODI collection in opposition to England. “Bowling excites me. Each day, I just look forward to holding the ball and running in at full steam.”
That starvation hasn’t dimmed up to now six years. A working example was his dream debut in Pune on Tuesday, which was nightmarish at instances.
Prasidh struggled along with his size a lot that Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow latched on to it like kids in a sweet retailer, making a meal of his deliveries.
His third over particularly was a catastrophe as he leaked 22 runs. Going at a mean of 140kph, he bowled too full and fast on a placid wicket and was duly punished.
Prasidh, a product of the MRF Tempo Basis, later admitted, “It didn’t start off well, and they came hard at us because we bowled poorly, but we had belief in ourselves. I understood after my third over, I can’t bowl full, and then I hit good length areas, and let the ball do the rest.”
Lesson learnt, he backed himself along with his inventory deliveries, particularly the back-of-a-length one. He extracted bounce and was duly rewarded with figures of 4 for 54 — one of the best by an Indian on ODI debut.
Spectacular as which will sound, the statistic may sit closely on the teenager, who has labored with Australian tempo retailers like Jeff Thomson and Glenn McGrath. The great factor is that he realises he must work onerous to make sure a future within the extremely aggressive Indian dressing room.
“I will go back to the drawing board and will improve on my technique. I hope I can be the partnership breaker for long,” the 25-year-old Karnataka cricketer admitted.