Eng vs Ind 2021 – Pacer Prasidh Krishna added to Indian squad ahead of oval test
Posted On September 9, 2021
The question remains: will India let one of its fast men in the fourth test to handle the workloads?
Are India considering resting at least one of their fast bowlers who participated in the loss at Headingley for the oval test from Thursday? The question arose after they added fast young pitcher Prasidh Krishna to their squad. Prasidh, 25, who made his international debut in the ODI series at home against England in March, is the team’s seventh point guard.
In a press release on Wednesday, BCCI said Prasidh had been added to the squad for the penultimate test of the five-game series at the request of team management. It is understood that Prasidh, which was originally part of the reserves, was wanted as cover for the main group of fast bowlers including Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj. The team’s other two rhythm options include Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.
At 6’2 “, Prasidh, who plays for Karnataka in national cricket, could potentially be seen as a replacement for Ishant, who struggled for pace and consistency while finishing without a wicket in the third test. Ishant, who will be 33 on Thursday, had failed the first test due to a problem.
“He was included in the squad mainly taking into account all the workload management issues,” B Arun, the Indian bowling coach, said on the eve of the oval test. “Nothing more than that. Ishant’s form in the last game was a bit of a concern, but I think we’ve settled things. Prasidh Krishna is just a precautionary inclusion.”
During the post-match press conference at Headingley, India captain Virat Kohli said he had noticed “no issues” with Ishant, but added that the rotation of the fast bowlers could not be ruled out by bearing in mind the heavy workload in a five-test series match.
“It is bound to happen,” Kohli said when asked if some of the fast bowlers could rest. “It’s a very logical and sensible thing to do – you obviously don’t want to push individuals to a place where they break. We’ll have this conversation with individuals and see who is placed where physically and who needs a match. You obviously can’t expect the guys to play four test games in a row with a short delay like this. [Manchester]. “
Bumrah, who was India’s top pitcher with 14 wickets, also recorded the most overs for them: 108, followed closely by Siraj, who delivered almost 101 overs. In terms of the series’ biggest workloads so far, they fall behind the English duo of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, who have sent nearly 117 overs each. Shami played almost 97 overs in three tests while Ishant played 56 overs in the two tests he played.
All of the fast Indian bowlers, including Prasidh, did not play in practice on Tuesday as the team management chose to rest the bowling group two days before the fourth test.
Nagraj Gollapudi is editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo