The young Indian fast bowler, Prasidh Krishna has been ruled out of the series against New Zealand A with a back injury. Krishna did not feature in the playing XI for the first unofficial Test that started on Thursday (September 1). The pacer’s injury was identified on the eve of the first game. Notably, India A under the captaincy of Priyank Panchal is locking horns with New Zealand in a four-day game in Bengaluru.
Prasidh Krishna has suffered back spasms and hence will not be able to take part in any of the matches between the two teams. In the absence of the only experienced bowler, Krishna, the team went in with four bowlers, Mukesh Kumar, Yash Dayal, Arzan Nagwaswalla, and Kuldeep Yadav. Part-timer Tilak Varma chipped in with a few overs on Day One.
Cricbuzz reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Selection Committee has not decided to announce a replacement yet and might consult with the management headed by VVS Laxman before taking a call.
“A decision has still not been taken on whether the selectors will have to name a replacement. There may be consultation with the team management, headed by VVS Laxman before that call is taken,” read an excerpt of the report.
There are two more four-day games in the series from September 8 and September 15. Apart from the three four-day matches, the New Zealand A team will also play three one-day matches, all at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on September 22, 25, and 27.
Coming the first four-day game between India A and New Zealand A, it was a shared first day. While India A claimed five wickets, New Zealand A managed to amassed 156 runs. Joe Carter is holding the fort for the visitors as he is batting on 73*. Meanwhile, Mukesh Kumar shone for India A as he claimed three wickets including captain Robert ODonell’s wicket.