IPL 2021- PBKS vs RR: Rajasthan Royals bowler Chetan Sakariya, who was bought for Rs 1.2 crore after a bidding war with RCB in IPL auctions, has proved himself in the IPL 2021 opening match for Rajasthan Royals. The left-arm pacer bagged 3 wickets and gave away just 31 runs in his quota of 4 overs on his IPL debut. He was the only bowler who did well in the death overs for the Sanju Samson-led side. He gave away just 5 runs in the final over. In the fixture, he took the crucial wicket of KL Rahul (91), provided an early breakthrough by dismissing Mayank Agarwal cheaply and got Jhye Richardson for a duck. RR coach Kumar Sangakkara was impressed with his performance and lauded his efforts.
“No doubt he was just brilliant. His skill was on display. It was really wonderful to watch a bowler in such a high scoring match, always smiling, always in the game. He took an amazing catch at the short-fine-leg. He managed to come back and bowl with the new ball. Then he bowled at the death when everyone was taking punishment. So, it speaks a lot about his skill, his attitude,” Kumar Sangakkara said in the post-match press conference.
“It’s great to have him on the side. He is a simple guy. He’s had ups and downs in life and he’s here to enjoy his cricket and our job is to support that. And it’s really good to see the control that he had the changeups. He picked the moments to bowl the batsmen. He’ll get better and things will get tough when batsman get used to him and analyse him a bit more. But I think Chetan is a young man who I think will have a very, very good future,” Kumar Sangakkara added.
On his debut, Sakariya also took a phenomenal catch to dismiss Nicholas Pooran.
WHAT A CATCH! 😱
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) April 12, 2021
The 23-year-old plays for Saurashtra in domestic cricket and proved his mettle in domestic cricket in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy while had a decent outing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He bagged 12 wickets in five matches in the T20 tournament while scalped 8 in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Syed Mushtaq Ali:
Saurashtra vs Rajasthan 2/22,
Saurashtra vs Madhya Pradesh 2/31
Saurashtra vs Goa 2/15,
Saurashtra vs Vidarbha 5/11
Saurashtra vs Mumbai 0/65
Saurashtra vs Services 0*, 1/68
Saurashtra vs Chandigarh 1/59
Saurashtra vs Bengal 0*, 0/15
Saurashtra vs Haryana 2*, 3/63
Saurashtra vs J + K 3/64
However, for Sakariya, it was a special night on Monday. He fulfilled his dreams and put up a fine show. It will also help him get over a personal tragedy. While with Saurashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, his brother committed suicide and Chetan’s family did not inform him as they wanted him to concentrate on cricket.
“Chetan Sakariya’s brother died of suicide a few months ago, his parents didn’t tell him for 10 days as he was playing the SMA trophy. What cricket means to these young men, their families. IPL is a true measure of the Indian dream & some stories of extraordinary grit. Great prospect,” Virender Sehwag wrote in an appreciation post on Twitter.
Chetan Sakariya's brother died of suicide few months ago,his parents didn't tell him for 10 days as he was playing the SMA trophy. What cricket means to these young men,their families .IPL is a true measure of the Indian dream & some stories of extraordinary grit🙏🏼Great prospect pic.twitter.com/r0mISy9Asv
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 12, 2021
He has picked up 79 wickets in domestic matches across T20s, first-class and List A career.
As per a report, Chetan Sakariya was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in UAE as a net bowler in IPL 2020. He trialled with Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.