Sakariya praises Mustafizur, says he is a good reader of the wicket
Rajasthan Royals (RR) youngster Chetan Sakariya has talked about his days with some great players at RR team hotel before the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely due to rising cases of Covid-19 in its bio bubbles.
Specially the 22-year old Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. He said that he learned a lot from these two. “Mustafizur is a good reader of the wicket. He will tell you when to bowl your slower delivery. He knows how to unsettle the rhythm of a batsman.
“Buttler, though a batsman, told me a lot about bowling in the Powerplay. He would stand beside me when I bowled during the practice games. He told me to stick to the length and not worry about conceding a boundary. It’s just that there should not be a single loose delivery,” he told Sportstar.
He also shared about his experience to bowl to some great batsmen in international cricket. The left-arm fast bowler said that he felt pressure at first but gradually he gained confidence. “Initially, I felt the pressure but later on, I handled that. I bowled a few good spells to some great batsmen. I never thought I would bowl to them someday. That gave me a lot of confidence. I think I bowled better than I thought I would. I have to improve but I am happy with my performance,” he said.
Sakariya took 7 wickets in 7 matches for RR this season but he showed some glimpse of his potential and many considered him as the future of India cricket. Out of 7 wickets, MS Dhoni’s wicket was the favourite one, he said.
“Mahi [Dhoni] bhai’s wicket was my favourite. I was happily shocked. It felt unreal. If you see the video, you will know how shocked I was,” Sakariya said.