Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has praised Rajasthan Royals’ young fast bowler Chetan Sakariya and called him the ‘rising star of Indian cricket’ and named him as the bowler who took everyone by surprise in the recently suspended IPL 2021 tournament.
Chetan Sakariya was a left-field pick by the RR team management for Rs 1.20 crores, but he repaid the faith by the management by bowling amazingly. He took everyone by surprise as he managed to pick the wickets of several big-ticket players, including KL Rahul and MS Dhoni.
He ended up with 7 wickets in 7 matches but had impressed one and all both with his skills with the new ball upfront and in the death overs as well. He was brilliant until the tournament came to a screeching halt due to rising cases of Covid-19 in its bio-bubble.
Chetan Sakariya Took Everyone By Surprise: Aakash Chopra
Former India opener Aakash Chopra was immensely impressed with the left-arm pacer. He even called him the real deal. He explained why Sakariya was the surprise of IPL in the latest video on his YouTube channel, and he also picked Sakariya as one of the top six uncapped Indian players who have impressed him the most in IPL 2021.
“He [Sakariya] took all of us by surprise. He is the real deal. How impressive he has been, he can make the ball go out and come in. He has both the back of the hand and a normal slower one. Even if he gets hit, he has the talent of quickly bouncing back and with the same level of confidence. If you talk about temperament and technique, there is a lot to like about him. I think Indian cricket can see a rising star in Chetan Sakariya,” said Aakash Chopra.
Apart from Sakariya, Chopra picked Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, Harpreet Brar, and Ravi Bishnoi.
Avesh Khan has been rewarded for his speed and consistency in picking wickets in the IPL 2021 for Delhi Capitals (DC) as he was named as one of the reserve players in Team India on their tour of the UK.