Prasidh Krishna to InsideSport, ‘thanks Kolkata Knight Riders and IPL for nurturing me’

India vs England ODI: Insidesport exclusive: Prasidh Krishna ‘Thank you KKR for nurturing me,’ s after maiden national team call-up
India vs England ODI: Insidesport exclusive: Prasidh Krishna ‘Thank you KKR for nurturing me,’ s after maiden national team call-up
India vs England ODI – Prasidh Krishna to InsideSport, ‘thanks Kolkata Knight Riders and IPL for nurturing me’: Karnataka’s frontline pacer in limited-overs cricket, Prasidh Krishna, finally fulfilled a dream. On Friday, the 25-year-old earned his maiden national team call-up when India announced the ODI squad for the three-match England series, set to begin on March 23 in Pune. While Krishna, a regular in Karnataka’s pace battery, has learned from three former India quicks in Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun and Sreenath Aravind, he credits his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the national team breakthrough.

“I was absolutely excited to know that I am a part of such a wonderful team full of stars, to be rubbing shoulders with them. So yes, I am looking forward to running a lot,” Prasidh Krishna told InsideSport in an exclusive interview.

However, this is not the first time that he has been considered for India selection. The initial impression Prasidh had on India selectors gave a major boost to his name. He was just 19 and Bangladesh A visited India for a series. Prasidh made his senior debut for Karnataka in Mysuru and hogged the limelight, returning with a five-wicket haul. That Bangladesh side had some of the international cricketers such as Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Nasir Hossain amongst others.

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The eyes were on him since then and Prasidh did not disappoint. The youngster has 34 wickets in nine First-Class matches with an impressive average of 20.26. However, it’s his skills in white-ball cricket that he is known for. He emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 and KKR quickly snapped him from the auction.

‘KKR and IPL exposure helped’

It was his KKR stint that helped me grow as a bowler and earned recognition. He was also mentored by Rahul Dravid and Paras Mhambrey at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru in 2018. He was one of the 10 fast bowlers who were part of the group besides national team players. He soon made his IPL debut and had a decent season with the ball, scalping 10 wickets in seven matches for KKR.

Prasidh Krishna performance:

India vs England ODI: Insidesport exclusive: Prasidh Krishna ‘Thank you KKR for nurturing me,’ s after maiden national team call-up
India vs England ODI: Insidesport exclusive: Prasidh Krishna ‘Thank you KKR for nurturing me,’ s after maiden national team call-up

“KKR was a big thing in my life. There were the ones who gave me a platform in the IPL. And then to be able to play in such difficult situations and to be facing pure international fast bowlers and international stars were a great learning experience,” Prasidh said.

“Similarly, if you look at Karnataka team, it is full of stars and the way we have been playing in the last few years, playing the important knockout games have been so much to learn from,” he added.

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India vs England ODI: ‘Kohli’s words boosted my confidence’

His IPL performance and variations in T20 left a lasting impression on Virat Kohli. After India’s 2nd T20I match against Sri Lanka back in January 2020, Kohli said Prasidh Krishna was one who could be an X-factor for India with his pace and bounce going to Australia for the ICC T20 World Cup. However, the tournament was postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19 and India was given the 2021 T20 World Cup.

“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,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

Prasidh was motivated enough. But words from the India captain boosted his confidence further. “I was motivated enough but definitely for India captain to be talking about you, it’s a boost for any cricketer. So yes, Kohli’s words did boost my confidence,” Prasidh said.

“I knew I was in the scheme of things. So, I was aware that I was one or few good tournaments or performances away from the call-up. Even then, it was a pleasant surprise,” he added.

India vs England ODI: ‘Not afraid of competition’

At the national team, however, Prasidh will have a lot of competition from other pacers in the setup. In India’s ODI squad for England series, there will be U Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur, all of whom have already made their international debuts and have been regular in the setup.

But Prasidh isn’t afraid of such competition. In Karnataka, he has had to fight for a place with Sreenath Aravind, Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun — three India players and established names in the domestic circuit.

“I think the competition has molded me to the person I am today. When you know there is good competition around you, you push yourself a little bit more. There is nothing better than good competition around you,” Prasidh said.

“I have been looking at them, following them for close to five years now. So, to learn from three India bowlers and to be bowling with them, there have so much I have learnt,” he added.