Former chief selector of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), MSK Prasad has weighed down on what the squad announcement means for fringe players, including Devdutt Padikkal the IPL ablaze last year and continued to do so this year as well.
The BCCI announced India’s squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final. And also for the Test series against England, earlier this week. The 20-member squad sees the return of Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari.
They will be both making their comebacks after recovering from respective injuries. While Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav have been dropped.
Prasad on Devdutt Padikkal and other young talents
In IPL 2020, DevDutt Padikkal became only the second player in the history of the tournament to score over 400 runs in his maiden season, and this time around, he smashed his maiden IPL century against Rajasthan Royals.
Prasad feels that the left-handed batsman of Royal Challengers Bangalore is certainly a prospect for India. But it may take him a while to break into the longest format.
“It will take some time for Devdutt Padikkal to break into the longest format. He’s definitely the guy for the future, there are no two ways about it. But if you’re looking at longer formats, maybe he will take one more year of domestic cricket,” Prasad said in an interview.
Prasad feels the future is bright for the likes of Prasidh and Bengal fast bowler Ishan Porel. The former wicketkeeper has high hopes from Avesh as well, who performed exceedingly well for Delhi Capitals cranking up some good speeds and picking up 14 wickets from eight matches including a couple of three-wicket-hauls. Behind Harshal Patel, he was second on the list of leading wicket-takers for the season.
“You have India A bowlers, all these Prasidh Krishna and Ishan Porel have gone through India A cricket. Also, it’s pretty evident the way Avesh Khan bowled in the IPL, he was hitting 145-147 kph in the T20 format, so he will obviously be very helpful to practice within England. And eventually, these are the guys who are going to play for the country in the future,” Prasad pointed out.