Rajasthan Royals’ pacer Chetan Sakariya was one in every of the finds of the 2021 version of the Indian Premier League. The left-hand quick bowler was notably outstanding for the RR in demise overs, and earlier than the event was suspended final month, he had taken seven wickets in as many video games with an financial system charge of 8.22 (least for the aspect amongst bowlers who performed 5 or extra video games).
Among the seven wickets Sakariya took, one was of legendary former Indian captain and present Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In an unique interview with India TV, the 23-year-old bowler termed the dismissal the “most special” one.
“Dhoni’s wicket was the most special for me. The match took place in Wankhede Stadium and the wicket was helping the batsmen. The match situation also suited Dhoni because he plays very well in death overs. So, to dismiss him at that point felt very nice,” Sakariya mentioned.
“Our plan was to make him play away from his body because he was comfortably dealing with the deliveries coming into him. Thankfully, the plan worked.”
Following the suspension of the event, Sakariya got here again dwelling safely, however tragedy struck his household as his father, Kanjibhai Sakariya succumbed to COVID-19.
The RR bowler mentioned that he tries to maintain himself busy to avoid unfavorable ideas.
“It has been a difficult time for me and my family. I try to be with my friends as much as I can and try not to think about the present situation. It gets tough when you’re alone,” Sakariya says.
“The restrictions are easing slowly right here, so I’m in a position to prepare in the floor. I’m focussing on health and attempt to run as a lot as doable.
“I received phone calls from many people during this time. Jaydev Shah, the president of the Saurashtra Cricket Association talked to me and Jaydev Unadkat also called me. Sanga sir (Sangakkara) asked everyone at Rajasthan Royals to not call me because he wanted to let me be with my family during this difficult time. I’m very thankful for all the support,” mentioned Sakariya.
Talking about his profession objectives, the bowler mentioned that he needs to symbolize India in the longest format of the sport.
“I want to play Test matches for India, that is my goal. I want to play in the whites for a long time, like Zaheer sir. Test cricket is challenging and it allows you to improve your fitness and skills,” mentioned the 23-year-old.
“My selection is not in my hands. I’m only focussing on my performances. Yes, if I continue with the same form I’m hopeful of representing the country soon.”