Ravi Bishnoi likes to bowl stump to stump and it has worked wonders for him. West Indies great Ian Bishop called him a ‘wizard’ for his impeccable performance in the U-19 World Cup which bore fruits for him. He will be making his debut in the IPL 2020 and has set his sights on a prized wicket.
Bishnoi said that he used to watch the IPL earlier for enjoyment but now he assesses the players strength and weakness through it. He also said that he targets to get the wicket of the No.1 Test batsman and Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith’s wicket in IPL 2020.
“Earlier, I watched for enjoyment. Now I look at which player is performing and how, his strengths and weakness, how the bowler is delivering, which areas is he hitting. I watch the matches a lot more closely, and think of what I would have done differently, in the same situation,” Bishnoi told Hindustan Times.
“I will take whatever comes. But yes, I would like to get Steve Smith out. He is the No1 Test batsmen and he plays spin very well,” he added.
Ravi Bishnoi was picked up for Rs. 2 crore from a base price of Rs. 20 lakh by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). An established franchise in the lucrative tournament showing their faith in the youngster will only help him boost confidence.
Bishnoi is a leg-spinner and grew up watching the videos of his idol Anil Kumble. To be picked up by a franchise coached by the Indian spin legend was noting sort of a dream come true moment for him. In normalcy, Bishoi would have already met Kumble in the IPL 2020 but he now waits anxiously for the tournament to get underway.
Besides picking up wickets regularly, Bishnoi was economical in the U-19 World Cup. He scalped 17 wickets at an economy rate of 3.48 in the marquee youth tournament.