A net bowler with the Indian squad at the moment, Krishnappa Gowtham, a versatile uncapped Karnataka player, is still trying to control his emotions after securing a mind-blowing Rs 9.25 crore contract with Chennai Super Kings who left his parents and his woman overwhelmed by tears. of joy.
After a bidding war at the IPL auction in Chennai on Thursday, Gowtham was bought by CSK, its price exceeding Krunal Pandya’s record-breaking price of Rs 8.8 crore by the Mumbai Indians in 2018 for a non player. capped.
“It was scary, I was very anxious to watch on TV,” Gowtham, who is currently on the Indian Test squad as the series net pitcher against England, told ESPNcricinfo.
“We had just landed in Ahmedabad and I had just turned on the television and my name came up. Emotions were changing every minute. Then Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya knocked on my door and gave me a big hug and they asked for a big treat.
Its base price was Rs 20 lakh, and it was quickly at the center of a fierce bidding war between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, before CSK intervened with a late bid.
The 32-year-old all-rounder from Karnataka has modest IPL stats. He has only made 24 appearances in three seasons since 2018 and has scored 186 points and taken 13 wickets.
He was with the Rajasthan Royals for two seasons – 2018 and 2019 playing 15 and 7 matches respectively – and was with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2020 where he played in just two games before being released.
Gowtham’s parents and wife in Bengaluru were in tears when they heard the good news.
“My parents had tears, tears of joy. They were all so happy for me, ”Gowtham said.
“It’s hard to describe this feeling. Everything is sinking. Obviously, it’s not my first time participating in the auction, but every time your name pops up the kind of butterflies in your belly is unimaginable.
Gowtham, a regular at India A, will play under Mahendra Singh Dhoni at CSK and he remembers standing in line with a few other uncapped players to get his bat signed by the legendary wicket hitter after an IPL match three years ago. years.
“The first time I met him I asked MS what I needed to do to take my game to the next level,” Gowtham recalls.
“It was a fanboy moment. After that, I managed to chat with him a few times, didn’t really have long chats, they were just short and simple. I now look forward to joining the team and having many fruitful conversations with him. It’s an exciting feeling to play for CSK. “
Five years ago, things were difficult for Gowtham when he was in the grip of doubt.
He had been flagged for a suspicious action that needed to be reshaped.
Then he was not picked by his Karnataka state team even after his bowling action was deemed legal.
“It was hard to sit down, yes there weren’t too many chances but I tried to make the most of my time. This is the kind of person that I am, you have to keep learning and improving yourself every day, ”he said.
“I worked on my fitness, worked hard to improve my skills in the nets and make the most of learning from Anil Kumble and other senior coaches so that I can be prepared whenever the opportunity arises. introduces himself.
“Keep giving your best. Every day is a new opportunity. My goal is to be a better version of my old self. Day after day, keep improving. It’s as simple as that.