Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag praised Rajasthan Royals’ young pacer Chetan Sakariya.
Young Chetan Sakariya has impressed everyone with his stunning bowling show in the fourth match of the ongoing Indin Premier League (IPL) between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings.
The young and talented 22-year-old pacer was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers in the match who finished with the figures of 3/31 on his IPL debut as well. He struck in the third over of the game and removed Mayank Agarwal (12) and then once again returned in the final over and dismissed dangerous-looking KL Rahul (91) and Jhye Richardson (0) too.
Meanwhile, his brilliant performance impressed the veteran Sehwag as the former player applauded the young pacer’s fearless approach towards the game and compared his temperament with former India legends and left-arm speedsters Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.
“Didn’t expect that he would bowl so well” – Virender Sehwag on Chetan Sakariya
“I’ve heard his name, even saw him bowl in domestic games but didn’t expect that he would bowl so well. You face different batters in the domestic circuit but in IPL, you come across big and renowned batsmen. We got to see his temperament. He was fearless,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
“Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra always say that as a bowler, you should never be scared of getting hit for a boundary. Until you won’t get hit, you cannot learn and pick wickets. So, I think, he [Sakariya] exhibited that kind of temperament. He had variations as well. Though there were a few no-balls but overall, he bowled very well. The way he got Mayank Agarwal and surprised Chris Gayle with one of his deliveries, he was completely impressive,” he further added about Chetan Sakaria.
Rajasthan Royals, however, lost their first game against Punjab Kings by 4 runs on Monday in Mumbai. Punjab captain KL Rahul (91 off 50) and middle-order batsman Deepak Hooda (64 off 28) steered Punjab Kings to a huge total of 221 for six after being put in to bat first.
In reply, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson almost took the team home with a stunning 119 off 63 balls but eventually fell off the final ball of the match with left-arm young pace bowler Arshdeep defending 13 runs in the final over as well.