One of the biggest discoveries of the first phase of IPL 2021 was the left arm crimper, Chetan Sakariya.
Making his IPL debut for the Rajasthan Royals, Chetan Sakariya showed brilliant skill and temperament to become one of Sanju Samson’s go-to bowlers as the tournament progressed. In 7 games, the left arm crimper claimed 7 wickets which included valuable scalps like KL Rahul.
Sakariya, who has suffered some heartache in the form of the untimely disappearance of her brother (suicide) and father (Covid) in the past 7-8 months, has made giant strides in her professional career this year, the highlight being a first call-up to the national team for the limited tour of Sri Lanka.
Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja is in awe of Chetan Sakariya’s remarkable run, but believes a call to the Indian team has come too soon for the youngster.
“It’s very encouraging to see him so well. One, especially where it comes from and there is a personal attachment. I saw him for the first time at the SPL. And he was also a star there. With the Indian team there is so much talent right now that despite being very good there is enough talent and who are you playing him against instead? In case you want to play a southpaw you might think, but when you have bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar – bowlers who have been around for so long, ”Ajay Jadeja said in response to a question. from timesnownews.com.
“I wish Chetan Sakariya good luck” – Ajay Jadeja
Jadeja went on to cite the example of another left arm crimper at Jaydev Unadkat, who was quickly made into the national team after a good season before being dumped after a poor performance.
Jadeja felt that managers should only give a player an opportunity when they have full confidence in his abilities and should not judge him on the basis of one or two performances.
“Let’s not forget that we did something similar to Jaydev Unadkat. He had a good IPL season, then he played a game for India and went home. Give someone an opportunity when you believe in them. Even Tendulkar would go out sometimes, even the great Aravinda de Silva with us would go out, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good enough players. I think we are going too far with the performance that day and this is happening because we have so much talent. I wish him good luck, I hope I am wrong and he is part of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. If I was there, I would wait for him, ”concluded the former Team India hitter.
The India-Sri Lanka White Ball Rubbers will debut with the ODI Series on July 13 and it will be interesting to see if Chetan Sakariya gets the chance to show his potential in the next six Limited Edition matches.
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