Chetan Sakariya, one of the expensive findings of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, grabbed the eyeballs when he fetched Rs 1.2 crore during the auction. Rajasthan Royals’ young seamer impressed the cricket fraternity and fans by troubling the batters on the pitch. Chetan Sakariya picked seven wickets in seven matches in the IPL 2021. His tally included some of the big names. Recently, in an exclusive interview with Sportstar, Sakariya revealed his most favourite wicket.
With no surprise, it was Chennai Super Kings’ captain MS Dhoni, who became Sakariya’s victim at the Wankhede Stadium, his favourite wicket. Dhoni tried to push Sakariya to the leg-side but landed in the hands of Jos Buttler at the extra cover. The left-arm pacer ended the match with figures of 4-0-36-3.
Mahi bhai’s wicket was the best – Chetan Sakariya
However, CSK bagged the game against the Rajasthan Royals. The 23-year-old from Saurashtra explained it as a surreal moment for him. The left-arm pacer also added that he bowled some good spells to some of the legends of the game.
“Mahi [Dhoni] bhai’s wicket was my favourite. I was happily shocked. It felt unreal. If you see the video, you will know how shocked I was,” Sakariya told Sportstar. “I bowled a few good spells to some great batsmen,” he added.
Speaking further, Chetan Sakariya admitted that he is happy with his performance in his first-ever appearance at the biggest franchise-based tournament in the world. However, the youngster conceded that he needs to improve to match some of the best in the business.
“Initially, I felt the pressure but later on, I handled that. I bowled a few good spells to some great batsmen. I never thought I would bowl to them someday. That gave me a lot of confidence. I think I bowled better than I thought I would. I have to improve, but I am happy with my performance,” Chetan Sakariya added.
Rajasthan Royals played their last match against SunRisers Hyderabad before the IPL 2021 got suspended. Despite being fragmented, the Royals managed to win their latest game against a more scattered Orange Army.
On May 4, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the 14th edition of the IPL after a couple of players tested positive for the COVID-19. The Board is yet to take a call on the remainder of the tournament.