Seamers Prasidh Krishna from Karnataka, and Mukhtar Hussain of Assam have been selected by the MRF Pace Foundation to undergo a two-week training programme in Australia.
MRF head coach M. Senthilnathan, who will accompany them down under, told The Hindu on Friday that “the boys will practise in the National Cricket Academy in Brisbane.”
Senthilnathan added, “They will be guided by acclaimed coach Troy Cooley and will also have bio-mechanics done. It will be hugely beneficial to them.”
Talking about the two pacemen, Senthil said, “Prasidh is tall, has a high-arm action and gets natural bounce. He bowls at speeds around 140 kmph and has the ability to move the ball both ways from a semi side-on action. He also has a handy short-pitched delivery and holds plenty of promise.”
Prasidh, who has had his moments with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, has 20 scalps in six first class matches at 22.55. Prasidh also have 50 wickets from 33 List ‘A’ matches at 26.60 and 23 in 27 Twenty20 games at an economy rate of 8. 71.
Mukhtar is not as tall as Prasidh but is a nippy bowler who is deceptively quick off the surface. “The ball hurries into the batsman after pitching,” said Senthil.
Like Prasidh, he is someone with a semi side-on release and has this knack of picking wickets. “He essentially brings the ball in, reverses it. Mukhtar also takes the new ball away from the right-hander at a healthy pace,” Senthil weighed in.
In fact, Mukhtar had a fine debut season for Assam in 2018-19 with 40 wickets in nine matches at 24.15.
Senthil said, “Both these lads have a bright future. They will be better bowlers when they return from Australia.”