Ravi Bishnoi, the prodigiously talented Indian leg-spinner from Rajasthan, seems to have learned his lessons from the infamous brawl that ensued in the immediate aftermath of India’s defeat to Bangladesh in the ICC U-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom earlier this year.
Bishnoi, who claimed four wickets [4-30] in the summit clash, opened up about the ugly proceedings that took place that day which led to a plethora of sanctions against players from sides, in a chat with ESPNCricinfo, where he said that his biggest learning from the whole saga is one can’t be short-tempered on a cricket field as ups and downs are bound to happen during the course of a cricketer’s journey.
Bishnoi is currently watching ‘The Test’, a documentary on the renaissance of the Australian Test team post the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, as a student and is visualizing the atmosphere of an international arena.
“It was all in the heat of the moment. We realized later that we shouldn’t be doing all this. That maturity level has come. There’s a lesson there. You cannot be short-tempered because ups and downs are part of your cricket journey. It has been a real learning curve for me. I just looked at that incident positively, extracted what learnings I could.” Ravi Bishnoi told ESPNCricinfo.
“I’m not doing anything new, but finding joy in spending time with family. My sister’s four-year-old son is here, so I’ve been playing with him. I even watched that documentary on the Australian team, The Test, and tried to approach it like a student. It was amazing to see how a broken team rebuilt itself. I got goosebumps seeing their coach [Justin Langer] pump them up and imagining the mahaaul [atmosphere] on the international stage.” Bishnoi added.
Ravi Bishnoi would have made his IPL debut this year for KXIP
With the world currently under a lockdown, Ravi Bishnoi is whetting his cricket appetite by watching the previous World Cup and IPL games while at the same time, he is adhering to the fitness classes, set-up by the Rajasthan Cricket Association.
“I’m filling my cricket appetite watching old World Cup and IPL games on TV. I can’t wait to go out and do some real bowling once it’s safe. I only bowled for two days after I came back,” Bishnoi revealed
“Since the lockdown began, we’ve only been indoors here in Bikaner. The academy I am part of is conducting fitness classes online. Rajasthan Cricket Association has divided teams by age groups and given fitness guidelines, and Anand Date, our fitness trainer, appointed by the BCCI, has developed some plans. But it’s quite challenging, and we need to improvise. Not everyone has equipment at home, or the space, so it becomes tricky doing weight training. I’ve been using big stones or even the LPG cylinder as weights.” he added.
Ravi Bishnoi was set to make his IPL debut this year after having been bought by the Kings XI Punjab in the 2020 auctions but he’ll have to wait for some time as the 13th edition of the cash-rich league is currently postponed for an indefinite period of time due to COVID-19.