Prasidh Krishna: The Karnataka Pace Machine

It was 2019. The Kolkata Knight Riders were facing the Delhi Capitals in an IPL match. In a high scoring match, both the teams ended with a score of 185. With a Super Over about to start, the captain Dinesh Karthik tossed the ball to a 23-year-old Prasidh Krishna. The KKR team had much experienced bowlers like Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell, but Karthik trusted a youngster who was playing his 10th match. Prasidh conceded only 10 runs, but KKR failed to score that and ultimately KKR lost the game. But that is a discussion for later.

The fact that Prasidh managed to impress everyone with his speed in such early stages of his career is worth being discussed. Prasidh had already seen too many ups and downs in his career by then. Let’s have a look at his career:

A Domestic Debut to be Remembered!

Prasidh had one of the best debuts in the history of Karnataka cricket. Bangladesh A had toured India in 2015 and had one First-Class match scheduled against the Karnataka team. As Karnataka’s key pacers Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun were unavailable, the team chose Prasidh to debut for Karnataka against an international team. Before that, the closest Prasidh came to bowling to popular batsmen was in the nets for Royal Challengers Bangalore and in the Karnataka Premier League.

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Prasidh Krishna celebrates a wicket (Image Source: KCA | Twitter)

He was now bowling at the Bangladesh batsmen and took the key wickets of Anamul Haque and Liton Das. After picking a few more key wickets, he ended up with figures of 5/49 in the first innings. In the next innings, he picked up another wicket. The fact that he bowled at good speeds, had a good height and also had a good game awareness impressed the KCA support staff.

The King of List-A Games

Having made a mark in First-Class matches, a List A debut was expected for Prasidh. He was chosen in the Karnataka team for the 2016-2017 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Though Karnataka didn’t do much, Prasidh made his mark by picking 13 wickets in just 7 matches. He also ended as the highest wicket-taker for Karnataka. In the next season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy too, he ended up as Karnataka’s highest-wicket taker and tournament’s second highest-wicket taker. Even in the latest season, he has topped the charts for Karnataka among the wickets.

As of now, Prasidh has played 48 List-A games and picked 81 wickets at an economy-rate of close to 5. He has been the best pacer for Karnataka in this period. As he bowls consistently at speeds of 135kmph – 145kmph, he has been prone to injuries which meant that he missed many games. But he’s often made strong comebacks.

IPL Calling

Prasidh started bowling for the RCB team in the nets even before debuting for Karnataka. After a few more successful seasons for Karnataka, Prasidh was called by both RCB and KKR for trials in 2018. He wasn’t picked by either of these teams in the auctions. Later on, KKR’s speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti was ruled out and Prasidh replaced him.

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Prasidh Krishna (Image Source: KKR | Instagram)

Prasidh had a pretty decent debut season for KKR picking 10 wickets in 7 games. He bowled in some tight situations and also had a match-winning spell of 4/30 against SRH. But, in the next two seasons, he just picked 8 wickets in 17 matches. His economy-rate of around 9.30 was also criticised. However, he has bowled well in the death picking key wickets.

Entry onto the Big Stage

After a brief period of injuries and a ‘not so good‘ IPL 2019, Prasidh Krishna seemed to be going off the radar. This was when Virat Kohli spoke about him in a press conference with reference to the 2020 T20 World Cup (now postponed to 2021).

I think one guy will be a surprise package going to Australia. Someone who can bowl with pace and has bounce. Prasidh Krishna has done well in the domestic arena. It is a great luxury to have this group of bowlers in all formats. Looking at the World Cup, we have enough options.

Virat Kohli

Prasidh has said that these words motivated him to do better. Later on, India’s coaching staff too confirmed that there have been discussions about Prasidh’s entry into the Indian team. His ability to bowl consistently at 145 kmph was one of the major reasons for this. In fact, his fastest ball in the IPL was 150.22 kmph.

Prasidh has got a call from the Indian team for ODIs against England and he started his career 4/54 which is the best spell by a debutant for India. This match included an over in which Jonny Bairstow scored 22 runs off his bowling. But Prasidh made a good comeback after that over.

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With the start he got to his international career, he has a good chance of making it big. But given the competition in the Indian team among the bowlers, he has to perform consistently well to stay in the running. So will he make it big, let’s wait and watch.

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