Chetan Sakariya, the left-arm medium-fast pacer from Bhavnagar, is making huge roars in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. He was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 1.2 crore after he snapped 12 wickets in 5 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 matches at an outstanding economy of 4.90.
He has played all the 3 matches so far for the Royals; Sakariya was even picked in the line-up for the first game over his Saurashtra captain and senior pacer, Jaydev Unadkat.
He has picked up 6 wickets so far at an economy of 8.33 and an average of 16.67 while impressing everyone with the use of his variations. Chetan Sakariya is on the fray for winning the Emerging Player of the Season award, albeit it would be incredibly premature to call it after just a dozen completed games hitherto.
On Monday, while the Rajasthan Royals suffered a thumping defeat by 45 runs, the 23-year-old was amongst wickets against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede – he nipped out 3 CSK batters, including their skipper, MS Dhoni.
I admire you since I was a child and today I got the opportunity to play with you: Chetan Sakariya
Post the game, Chetan Sakariya, like many youngsters in the past, had his fanboy moment. After sharing the field with Dhoni, the left-arm seamer shared the screen with the former India captain as well. He took to Instagram to post the image and wrote a heartwarming message to the World Cup-winning skipper.
“I admire you since I was a child and today I got the opportunity to play with you, it was the best moment of my life and I will cherish it forever. There won’t be anyone like you ever. Thanks a lot for inspiring all of us throughout the career,” Chetan Sakariya captioned his Instagram post.
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MS Dhoni’s side moves up to the third position on the points table post their emphatic win over the Royals, who are now placed on the sixth spot. CSK meets Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday while RR face-off Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.