Team India suffered a significant setback as Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023 due to a ligament tear in his right ankle. In response to this unfortunate development, head coach Rahul Dravid shed light on the decision to replace the influential all-rounder with the promising fast bowler Prasidh Krishna.
Hardik Pandya sustained his injury while attempting a save during India’s victory over Bangladesh, and his absence from the team for the remainder of the tournament was confirmed. Prasidh Krishna’s inclusion in the squad was sanctioned by the tournament’s Event Technical Committee.
Addressing the press before India’s highly-anticipated clash with South Africa at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Dravid explained the rationale behind selecting Prasidh Krishna. He emphasized that the team needed to bolster its fast bowling resources, especially considering that there were already sufficient slow bowling options available.
Dravid stated, “Think it’s a pretty obvious thought process. After Hardik has been injured, which he has been for the last two or three games, and then obviously didn’t play a couple of the games in the Australia series as well. We have played with a combination which has been three fast bowlers and two spinners. And yeah, in our reserves, in the guys sitting outside in the 15, we had a backup for the spin. We had a backup for the spin, we had a backup for the batting, and we had a backup in the bowling all around the category.”
He further explained, “So, we did recognize that if this is a combination we’re going to take, and if there is an issue of an illness, or a small niggle, or an injury, then we need to have a backup for that. It also allows us to play other combinations. It doesn’t mean that we can’t play other combinations. But if this is the one combination that which we have gone with recently, then yeah, that is the one area which we possibly hadn’t backed up with the injury to Hardik Pandya.”
Prasidh Krishna, 28 years old, has represented India in 17 ODIs, claiming 29 wickets at an economy rate of 5.60. His best bowling performance in the 50-over format was 4/12 against West Indies in a home series last year. In his most recent appearance against Australia, he notably dismissed David Warner during a bilateral ODI series just prior to the World Cup.
Prasidh Krishna will be available for selection in India’s squad for the upcoming World Cup match against South Africa. However, he will face competition from the impressive pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, who have been in fine form for the team in recent matches.