Last Update on: August 10th, 2020 at 06:40 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders seamer Sandeep Warrier will ply his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming season. One of the best-performing bowlers in the domestic circuit, Sandeep Warrier will gain plenty of insights and learnings alongside the likes of Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, and Harry Gurney in Kolkata. Meanwhile, in a conversation with Sportskeeda, he credited Dinesh Karthik for his drafting into the setup.
So far, Sandeep Warrier has remained a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL but played his only three matches for Kolkata last season. The 29-year-old has taken just the two wickets so far and would hope to feature in more games this time.
In T20s, Warrier has 46 wickets in 47 fixtures at 26.30 while maintaining an economy rate of 7.20. His first-class career has been the most fruitful so far, picking up 186 scalps at 24.43 in 57 games.
Sandeep Warrier recalled the 2018 Ranji season against Tamil Nadu and picked up seven wickets. Dinesh Karthik invited him to come to Mumbai where analyst AR Srikkanth, Abhishek Nayar, and Omkar Salvi were also present. They watched the medium-pacer bowl and a year later, he found himself in KKR’s ranks. The Kerala-born cricketer attributed that to Dinesh Karthik.
“I played a match against TN in 2018 in which I picked 7 wickets. After that match, the next day he called me and asked me to travel to Mumbai. DK bhai was there along with analyst AR Srikkanth, Abhishek Nayar and Omkar Salvi. They watched me bowl and later that year I was picked for the KKR team. If not for DK bhai’s push and initiative, I would probably have not been picked by KKR,” Sandeep Warrier said.
He’s not someone who will judge you by one match, one over or one ball: Sandeep Warrier
The 29-year-old went on to sing words of praises, saying that he aims for perfection while leaving room for a few mistakes. Warrier mentioned that the keeper-batsman would trust a player if he is willing to put everything on the field and not judge based on a few performances.
“He looks for perfection and he understands that mistakes do happen. He’s not someone who will judge you by one match, one over or one ball. He will trust you till the end of a season if you are willing to give everything on the field. He loves to be a perfectionist,” he added.