Rajasthan’s Chetan Sakariya names Pakistan’s Junaid Khan as his idol

Left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya who debuted in Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rajasthan royals (RR) last night reveals that Pakistan left-arm pacer Junaid Khan is his idol and he always tries to copy his bowling style from the beginning of his career.

Rajasthan's Chetan Sakariya names Pakistan's Junaid Khan as his idol

23-year old Sakariya picked up 3 wickets for 31 runs in 4 overs against Punjab Kings. He took both the Punjab openers- KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Jhye Richardson.

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Sakariya remembered that time in 2012 when Pakistan came to India and Junaid bowled really well in the whole series. “As a kid, you start idolizing anyone who plays well and is famous. In 2010 [2012] when Pakistan came to India, Junaid Khan bowled really well, even though we had players like Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni. But Junaid dismissed them all. So I became his fan and tried to copy his run-up,” Sakariya said.

“If you noticed, he used to take a small jump before approaching the crease. I wanted to bowl just like him, but couldn’t copy his entire action. In the attempt to copy his action, my own action got formed. However, I did copy the jump!” he added.

However, his team Rajasthan lost the first match by 4 runs despite captain Sanju Samson’s blistering century. They will face Delhi Capitals next on April 15.

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