I want to see Prasidh Krishna play T20 WC in Australia: Harbhajan Singh


Prasidh Krishna was the star with the ball in hand for India in the second One Day International as India defeated the West Indies by 44 runs. The lanky speedster from Karnataka tore through the West Indies batting line-up and returned with impressive figures of 12 runs- 3 maidens- 4 wickets in nine overs. Though yet to represent India in the shortest format, Krishna has had a dream start to his ODI career, picking up 15 wickets in just six matches.

Mightily impressed with his performance was former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who opined that Krishna should feature in the squad traveling to Australia for this year’s World T20. Lauding the pacer’s ability to extract more bounce than any other bowler, Harbhajan pointed out that he could prove to be a handful on the bouncy pitches of Australia in a discussion with Star Sports.

He [Krishna] has shown his ability today. I feel going forward we will see him in Test cricket as well. We are seeing him in ODI cricket in any case, along with that, I want to see him at the T20 World Cup in Australia. Those are big grounds, there is extra bounce and pace in any case there and with his height and pace, I feel Team India will gain a lot there,” said Singh.

Prasidh Krishna has more bounce and pace compared to the other bowlers: Harbhajan Singh

The former spinner, who has taken 711 wickets for India across all formats pointed out some characteristics that make him different from other bowlers. He said:

When you come into the team, the first thing you need is to have something different from the others, which he has. He has more bounce and pace compared to the other bowlers and the quickness of the ball after pitching is more.

The pacer, who represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, has troubled batters with the steep bounce he generates with the help of his quick high-arm action. Speaking about this Harbhajan said:

His [Krishna’s] positive is his action. He has a smooth action and a very good run-up. Along with that, he has a supple body. He gets extra bounce compared to the other bowlers because of that supple body, that is his biggest weapon.

The 41-year-old former spinner also feels that Krishna along with Jasprit Bumrah will make up for a lethal combination on the fast bouncy pitches in Australia in the World T20 later this year.

As he keeps on playing, he will keep learning. When Jasprit Bumrah came, he was not as capable a bowler as he is today. If he plays regularly for six to eight months, he will become an even better bowler. I am very impressed with him. I am sure in the coming days, the Jasprit Bumrah-Prasidh Krishna pair is going to do a lot of good for Team India,” he concluded.