Currently playing for India B in the Quadrangular series, Krishna is leading the wicket-takers tally with eight scalps in two matches.
Currently playing for India B in the Quadrangular series, Krishna is leading the wicket-takers tally with eight scalps in two matches.

Karnataka fast bowler Prasidh Krishna was an unknown commodity at the start of the year, but with good performance for his state side in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and a stint with Indian Premier League team, Kolkata Knight Riders, the 22-year-old now finds himself among the best of the India’s next generation of fast bowlers.

Currently playing for India B in the Quadrangular series, Krishna is leading the wicket-takers tally with eight scalps in two matches. It was only in January that he was giving his trails for the IPL. He was not that impressive, but KKR management saw potential in him and Krishna got his big break though and he has rode that really well.

Krishna’s only first-class appearance came in 2015, but that is not a reflection of Krishna’s lack of ability in the longer format. For any upcoming fast bowler, it is a pretty tough task to break in to the Karnataka first XI when you have players with international pedigree in Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun and Stuart Binny in the team. However, this wait has made Krishna mentally stronger.

“That has made me tougher as a bowler,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “The wait for opportunities can be frustrating but it’s that suffocating competition that pushes me to work harder. I honestly didn’t expect all this to come my way so soon [IPL and India A] but I knew if I kept following the routines I have, I will get there sooner than later.”

Krishna’s main aim now is to get his speed up without compromising on control. “

If you can bowl fast, then you can take pitches out of the equation. That will also give me an edge. You start playing then on the batsman’s mind. Yes, I’m not the fastest bowler currently, but I believe I have the potential to get there,” said the 22-year-old, who finished as KKR’s leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers.

A MRF Pace Foundation trainee, Krishna has had stint with Jeff Thompson in Australia couple of years back and under the watchful eyes of Glenn McGrath, the pacer sure in going in the right direction.

“The training methods there are different, the body structure is different. We had sessions on biomechanics, which I found interesting. Those helped me understand things like load-up, run-up, alignment better. Also, I learnt that we can’t compare athletes from the two countries because we are built differently. Once you understand these aspects, it helps you understand your body better. I feel my interest in this has helped me take strides in my bowling too,” he said.