Former India batsman VVS Laxman said that Team India had gone into the first ODI against England with a ‘good balance’ and said that 25-year-old Prasidh Krishna, who earned his maiden cap on Tuesday, could ‘truly be a future star for India’.
Laxman said that the bowling line-up also looks well-balanced and added that spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be looking to make an impact for India.
“In the bowling line-up, there is also good balance, and also variety. There is Kuldeep Yadav, who can show, who would be looking to make an impact.
“Prasidh Krishna, what a great opportunity for him to represent the country. Truly, truly a future star for our country,” Laxman said on Star Sports.
In a surprise decision, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and India’s new batting sensation Suryakumar Yadav missed out. The management decided to go with the tried and tested batting line-up of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul.
Laxman felt that it was a good balanced side to challenge the world champions as there was a lot of experience in the team.
“Yes, India can challenge the world champions with this line-up. There is a lot of experience and exuberance in that batting line-up.
“They have experience in form of Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, KL Rahul. Opportunity for Krunal Pandya,” he added.
Krunal and Prasidh make debut for India
Team India on Tuesday gave a debut to Kolkata Knight Riders right arm pacer Prasidh Krishna and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya.
Krunal has played 18 T20Is for India and has 121 runs at an average of 26. He was given his ODI cap by his brother Hardik Pandya and broke into tears soon after the other members of the team congratulated him.
Krunal has been included in the squad based on his good performance in both IPL 2020 and Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 campaign.
Krunal scored 388 runs in 5 innings in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 which included two tons and two fifties.
Krishna has been impressive in the domestic circuit for the last 4-5 years with incredible performances in Vijay Hazare Trophy in the 2017-18 season.