After a few seasons on the bench for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), it appeared inevitable that R Sai Kishore would leave the storied franchise in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega-auction.
A player of his calibre did not deserve to be on the bench, and while CSK attempted to re-sign the man in whom they clearly had faith, the Gujarat Titans (GT) were more eager to spend the money.
The IPL newcomers paid INR 3 crore for the services of one of the country’s brightest young bowling talents. He redeemed his investment by taking six wickets in five matches at an economy rate of 7.56 as GT won their first season. In an interview with Sportskeeda, Kishore reflected on IPL 2022.
I Am A Big Fan Of 5 Bowlers In The Eleven: R Sai Kishore
“The wickets in Mumbai were great and playing another spinner didn’t make sense. I was an IPL newbie and they had more trust in me after I played two games. Ashish Nehra is a vera [different] level human being; he’s a very genuine guy. Hardik is also a very genuine guy.
“It was clearly communicated to me what they had in their heads. You need to think about the team when you’re not playing, and it went well,” he said about the head coach.
On being asked what he thought was the reason behind GT’s success he said “The players Gujarat trusted and picked performed extremely well, so weaknesses were minimized. The team was very well led by Hardik and when you have proper five bowlers, the combination is superb. You just need to score 160-170 runs and you know that the bowlers will defend it.
“I am a big fan of those teams that have five proper bowlers. The strategy worked really well for us. Four bowlers bowling 145 and the fifth was Rashid Khan. The batting clicked and therefore it was sorted.”
Kishore had a decent TNPL season.