England tour helped me evolve as a player: Prasidh Krishna | Cricket News – Times of India
The wily pacer made his ODI debut against England in which he picked up four wickets in India’s 66-run victory. The 25-year-old took a giant step on Friday towards earning a Test cap when he was named in the India’s squad for the home series against New Zealand later this month.
Prasidh has been on the Indian Test squad radar since being added to the team ahead of the fourth Test against England at The Oval in London in September after being a standby. He had travelled and was training with the team during the tour of England. Also, he has been a standby player since the World Test Championship final.
Prasidh, who made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2015 is excited about being a part of the squad.
Speaking to TOI on Friday before leaving the Karnataka team in New Delhi, Prasidh said, “I’m very grateful for the opportunity because it gives me another chance to rub shoulders with the greats, learn from them and add to my skillset.”
Prasidh believes the time spent with the team in England has helped him evolve into a better player.
“The tour helped me a lot because bowling in England required different work ethics and it was a good platform to learn. I believe that tour gave me a lot of confidence and also helped me evaluate at what level I was and set the vision for how I want my career to pan out in the future.”
The time in England also helped Prasidh work on his shortcomings. “It helped me polish my skills and work on my consistency. To play at that level, we require an X factor and I worked on it. It also taught me how to handle pressure,” he added.
With Indian batting stalwart Rahul Dravid taking over the coaching reins from Ravi Shastri, Prasidh believes he is in for another learning experience. “I’ve interacted extensively with Rahul sir during my time with the India ‘A’ squad and at the National Cricket academy. He is somebody who is always calm and pressure never shows on him. These are among the many aspects of the game we get to learn from him. So, I’m looking forward to this crucial learning curve in my career,” he pointed out.
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