India vs West Indies: Prasidh Krishna stars as India take unbeatable series lead against West Indies
Nicholas Pooran caught Rohit Sharma for nine off a famous Prasiddha Krishna delivery. At first glance, these are just statistics that will go down in history books and scorecards. The manner in which Indian captain Rohit Sharma jumped into the air after catching a catch to celebrate his dismissal and the rest of the fielders rushed to the celebrity to congratulate him, created a sense of something different in the wicket.
Famous Krishna can create bounce even on humble tracks. It helps that his stock ball is mostly behind the length. He believes in that length so much that it becomes a memory of muscles. Not only does Prasiddha consistently bowl this length, he does it at 140 or more clicks. That's why the West Indies had no answer against him. His opening of 4-2-3-2 pushed them and the low pressure chase turned upside down. Prasidh did not bowl a single ball in his first four overs. Sixteen out of 24 balls extended from short of length. Five of them nipped off a length. The batsmen tried to blow up the barrage but to no avail. The West Indies were painfully made aware that this tour would not hit.
Former India cricketers Laxman Shivramkrishnan and Murali Karthik on Wednesday analyzed Virat Kohli's dismissal in the second ODI against the West Indies at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Kohli, who did not perform well till late, was once again circling the medium pacer outside the off-stump. Odden Smith, who came into the West Indies XI after regular captain Kieron Pollard was ruled out due to swallowing, took the wickets of Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli in the same over. Kohli gave the keeper a wide edge on the last ball of the 12th over as he tried to hit the ball outside the Pant off stump. Changing the ball to the slip cordon while chasing the full length ball outside the off stump is one of the most common methods of dismissal for a former India captain.
"He's a very good player ... runs will come ... just mentality and decision making (depressed) in the last few years. These are not the shots you see him playing. His play. It looks like he wants to be the boss in the opposition because He has been doing this for 13-14 years, "said Karthik. "I think he played on the quality of the ball so he made the boss around. He didn't come out forcibly. He wasn't in the mood to attack everything. You go in with dignity but then you play according to the quality of the ball. You are going to give the bowler a chance, "Shivramkrishnan continued.
Working with Karnataka's current bowling coach S Arvind has helped Prasiddha develop a strong wrist position that allows him to control side movements. On playing days, Arvind was a master at lightening the ball off the pitch. This is a quality that he had to develop because he did not have the raw speed. While Kolkata Knight Riders were looking for a replacement for injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti in IPL 2018, it actually went against him. Prasidh was preferred over Arvind and his life has not been the same since then. Despite the financial crisis, the IPL has opened a window of incredible opportunities for a player who has played only a handful of first-class matches in four full seasons so far.
(Inadvertently) The wobble seam has given way more clearly. Proof that he knew what he was doing. Prasidh hits the third ball. Brandon King's slash gave Rishabh Pant a sharp edge as a regular length ball bounced off the outside. Batter's ability to make decisions was low. The ball was not strong enough to run, nor was it small enough to be cut. The middle shot of the in-between ball gave India an early victory.
Since the famous Krishna forced Roni Talukdar of Bangladesh 'A' to edge behind the first ball of his first-class career in 2015, the 6'2 "bowler has been destined for big things. His immense potential when he returned to style with four wickets in the match.