K Gowtham has been a key player for Karnataka in domestic cricket for the past few years.
On August 23, 2019, Bellary Tuskers and Shivamogga Lions faced off in a Karnataka Premier League match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A certain lower order drummer was sent to no. 3 like a pinched hitter in a rain-spoiled game. He’s launching an assault on bowlers, never before seen in the league. He scores 134 runs out of just 56 deliveries, hitting 13 sixes and seven fours on his way.
As his team goes to defend the total, the ball is thrown at him and he can’t do anything wrong. He picks up eight wickets from the four overs he bowls. This effort is almost divine and hardly any player has ever had a game like this. But, unfortunately, the tournament is not part of the official T20 matches.
The man who did it all that night was recently picked up by Chennai Super Kings for a mammoth of INR 9.25 crore. This is the highest bid ever for an uncapped player. The name is Krishnappa Gowtham. While celebrating being chosen by CSK, CricTracker caught up with the all-rounder for a little chat.
Gowtham’s ‘dream comes true’ moment
Although not exactly a youngster, he was as excited as any other player to play under MS Dhoni. The former Indian captain is a master at handling spinners and going all-in for the non-spinners seems pretty obvious considering they didn’t have one to start with.
When asked how he felt after being chosen by the MSD-led team, Gowtham said: “It’s a dream come true for me, I would say I have always admired him for the way he is and the way he thinks about the game.” His excitement was visible in his voice, but he went on to say that his family were very happy as he was chosen for CSK.
“They were happy for me and extremely excited. They were largely happy because I went to Chennai and will be part of the CSK franchise. Gowtham, who has been a regular fixture in the IPL late, further revealed that he has had several conversations with MSD before, where the veteran has talked about his game and given him advice on how to improve it. “Whenever I have a chance during IPL games, I ask him how to improve my game. He also gave me advice and he is always there for all the kids.
Being selected for such a huge contract can be overwhelming at times for players. But, for Gowtham, this is nothing new. The last time his name went under the hammer, it was taken over by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 6.2 crore. In the IPL 2018 season, his line and length had been quite impressive and who can forget his 33 11-ball against the Mumbai Indians where he faced Jasprit Bumrah.
You don’t put a number on your head and go out to play: K Gowtham on big IPL contracts
When asked how he handled the pressure of such a contract, the Karnataka player’s response seemed to come from someone who has enough experience in dealing with the pressure. “No, not really (has the big financial pressure hit him). See, as a professional cricketer you can’t take the pressure of these things. You have to deal with this stuff. You don’t put a number on your head and don’t go out to play. You go there and try to do your best every day. “
K Gowtham hasn’t just been someone who’s a dasher in a T20 game and can play off the spin. He has an incredible number of top class cricketers which has pushed him up the ranks and made him a top choice for Indian A teams. He is currently on the Indian Test team as a reserve player. . When asked if players watch the IPL auction, Gowtham revealed that the timing didn’t allow them. “We just traveled and came back down. We had arrived at the hotel about 15-20 minutes back. We are all in our own rooms and we watch it on TV. We didn’t watch it together.
The addition of Gowtham made CSK much stronger in terms of balance and skill. Speaking of the team’s balance, he said, “We have a very good team, I think. We have a good mix of players. We have all kinds of players and we’ve covered all the bases, I think. We also have some very good foreign players coming in. On top of that, we have a great leader in MSD who knows how to handle players and knows how to get the most out of a player. So I think we have a fairly balanced side.
The aspiration to learn from IPL 2021
Gowtham’s nature was praised by his teammates and his outlook on life seemed commendable when asked if there was anyone specific he wanted to meet on the CSK side. However, the 32-year-old seems to be eager to be with all the players, in order to learn something or the other. “I think I’m delighted to be with everyone. It’s a good time to mingle with all these great players and get to know each other. I would like to benefit from the experience of all the international players on the team. We even have some good national players and you know they can try something too. You can also take it from them and try to learn more. Looking forward, “ Gowtham said.
The all-rounder also avoided pointing out the moment when everything changed for him. He believes his mindset towards the game has evolved over the years and made him the player he is today. “I cannot point out such a turning point in my career. In cricket some days are going to be good and some days are going to be bad. I think my state of mind has changed more than anything. The way I approached the game before is totally different from what I do now. “ he concludes.
The IPL has created a platform allowing many young quality players and sometimes players in their thirties to come out and express themselves. K Gowtham has been a key player for Karnataka in domestic cricket for the past few years. Although an Indian cap has not yet come, but in his own words, his dreams are coming true with IPL.