Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi has been living up to the expectations so far in the IPL 2020. Ravi Bishnoi entered this year’s IPL edition amongst the youngsters to watch out for and has made a mark in only two games. Bishnoi, who has four wickets in two matches so far was the highest wicket-taker in the U-19 World Cup this year, credited head coach Anil Kumble’s influence behind his performances.
In his IPL debut against Delhi Capitals, Ravi Bishnoi took the wicket of Rishabh Pant after getting hit for a boundary. The 20-year old picked the next three wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last night in a winning effort, which included dismissing Aaron Finch, Washington Sundar, and Umesh Yadav. The young leggie had figures of 4-0-22-1 and 4-0-32-3, which also signals he was miserly.
Ravi Bishnoi reveals that Anil Kumble advised him to keep calm, handling situations with composure, and doing the basics right without trying too many things. He added that a long camp before IPL ensured that their preparations were in place and that it was all about getting prepared mentally.
“He taught me to keep a calm mind and handle situations during the match with a cool head. He also asked me to stick to my strength and not try too many things. We had a long camp before the IPL so the preparation was good. It’s more about mental preparations, skill levels are almost identical at this level,” Bishnoi stated as quoted by India Today.
“My focus was on not giving away loose deliveries and allow them to attack me” : Ravi Bishnoi
The Rajasthan-born leg-spinner attributed mental toughness as a very significant one and underlined not letting RCB off the leash. While defending 207, the youngster highlighted that the bowlers wanted to treat the target as 180 and wanted to dismiss the RCB batsmen as soon as they could. Punjab play their next game against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah, a venue that has not been kind to spinners in the one game held so far.
“We had a long camp before the IPL so the preparation was good. It’s more about mental preparations, skill levels are almost identical at this level. We did not go out to bowl thinking we have a target over 200 to defend. Rather we thought we had to defend 180 and the intention was to get them out as soon as we can,” he added.