Kohli shortlists this IPL bowler as the possible surprise package in T20 WC

Indian skipper Virat Kohli mentioned that Karnataka fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, could be a “surprise package” in the T20 World Cup that begins in Australia from later this year. Speaking after the second T20I against Sri Lanka that was convincingly won at Indore, Kohli spoke about why he regarded Krishna as a bowler to look forward to.

“I think there’ll be one player who will be a surprise package. Prasidh Krishna is someone who has bowled really well in domestic cricket,” Kohli said after India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second T20 International.

This opens the doors for the 23-year old to be a part of India’s upcoming tour of New Zealand from later this year.

Besides impressing in the domestic circuit, Krishna has impressed all with his composure in pressure situations in the IPL, and the way he bowled in the Super Over last year against the Delhi Capitals showed that he is a player for the future.

Speaking about the game, Kohli was glad at the dominating performance of the Men in Blue. “This was a clinical performance, and that’s how we want to build on each series. We have ticked a few more boxes this time. Brilliant from Navdeep (Saini).”

“He has done well in ODI cricket, and he’s bowling well in T20s, with experienced guys like Jasprit, Bhuvi, and Shardul. It’s a really good sign for the team.

While Saini picked up two wickets, Man of the Match Thakur ended with a three-wicket haul.

Kohli also spoke about Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback to the team after a long injury lay-off. The yorker specialist had been out since September after he suffered a lower back stress fracture. “He was really keen to bowl again, and his pace was up again. We have to choose who will be our best skills.”

Bumrah picked up a wicket in his comeback game.