With a stupendous performance, Prasidh Krishna finished his task on the field with 4/54 during the first ODI against England. His overall performance was praiseworthy and he also set a record on his name by becoming the first Indian seamer to have taken more than 3 wickets during his ODI debut. He surpassed Noel David’s record of 3 for 21 on his ODI debut 24 years ago in West Indies. Here, team India gained all the benefit out of Krishna’s performance.
A wiry frame belies the pace that the lanky bowler can generate (he’s six feet two inches) but here, Prasidh Krishna (who is only 25 years old) was earmarked for better things. In the year 2020, captain Virat Kohli stated that Krishna possibly possesses an ‘X-Factor’ for the national team in the shortest format. Just a year later, Krishna was seen making his debut in the first ODI of the three-match England series with a 136km/hr back of the length delivery to opener Jonny Bairstow.
Although, Krishna’s debut was not that great as England openers were determined to blast off all Indian bowlers off the park, except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But this did not let Krishna give up. He came back with a splendid second spell. He was seen taking the England opener Jason Roy with a short one that came in and then, Ben Stokes. And these were the first two wickets from Team India’s end to fall. This was a great achievement for team India as, during this time, team England was scoring at about 8.5 runs per over. Krishna’s charm was no less on the field here and he could have easily got 3 wickets on his name during this match in just 2 overs had Virat Kohli not dropped Eoin Morgan’s catch just after Stokes dismissal. That over, Krishna’s fifth, ended a wicket maiden, setting up India’s counter-attack.