Delhi Capitals pace bowler Chetan Sakariya revealed the reason behind his recent celebration of Kolkata Knight Riders batter Aaron Finch on Thursday.
After winning the toss, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant asked KKR to bat first.
DC vs KKR: Chetan Sakariya cleans up Aaron Finch
Sakariya, who played his first game for Delhi Capitals as a replacement for the injured Khaleel Ahmed, crashed into Finch’s stumps with an inswinging delivery.
After dismissing Australia’s white-ball skipper, Sakariya clenched his fists and crossed his arms and put them on his chest before placing two fingers on forehead while closing eyes.
This was for my father: Chetan Sakariya
The 24-year-old suffered the loss of his brother and father in the span of four months and in between the Saurashtra pacer also made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals on April 12, 2021, at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Sakariya said the celebration of Finch’s dismissal was a tribute to his late father, who always wished his son to bowl out an overseas player.
“It was an emotional celebration. This was for my father because he always wanted me to dismiss an international batter by getting him bowled. If I used to pick wickets through some other ways like caught, he used to tell me to dislodge the stumps.
“If was as if I was communicating with my father and telling him that I achieved it,” Sakariya told teammate Kuldeep Yadav in a video posted on IPLT20.com.
Sakariya snapped 14 wickets from as many matches in his debut season for RR in IPL 2021. The Saurashtra pacer was purchased by Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2022 auction for a sum of INR 4.20 crore.
Delhi Capitals clinched the match by four wickets to dent KKR’s hopes of qualifying the IPL 2022 playoffs.
Kuldeep claimed 4/14 to limit KKR’s innings at 146/9. Nitish Rana (57) and Shreyas Iyer (42) played some moderate knocks to push a respectable score on the board.
Delhi Capitals opener David Warner scored a brisk 26-ball 42, including eight boundaries before Rovman Powell blitzed 33 runs in 16 balls as Capitals chased the target with one over to spare.