Indian Miracle Cellar Chetan Sakariya reveals that he could not believe himself when he spoke to former Indian captain Rahul Dravid during the tour in Sri Lanka.
Sakariya was one of the host of youngsters who made his debut for India in the limited over series against Sri Lanka last month. Sakariya received its first one-day international in the final match against Sri Lanka on July 23 in Colombo.
In his first match, he bagged a few wickets, where he sacked Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was in excellent form with the bat, before catching Dhananjaya de Silva from his own bowling. Sakariya later played two T20I matches where he did not find enough success.
Chetan Sakariya was shocked and frightened in his first meeting with Rahul Dravid
The 23-year-old, from Bhavnagar (a city in Gujarat), has begun his first encounter with Dravid, who has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian team for the Sri Lanka series. Sakariya said he was shocked when he saw the big batsman, and when he heard that Dravid was pursuing his youth career, he felt incredible about it.
“After completing the two-week compulsory quarantine in Sri Lanka, we had a meeting. Rahul, sir, come to me and say, ‘Hello Chetan, Rahul here.’ I was shocked and shocked at first because I could not believe it was really him, but I got up and said ‘hello’ to him, ‘Sakariya said, reports India Today.
‘I introduced myself and he asked me about my family background and playing experience. He also asked about cricket in Saurashtra and how it has gone well with us over the past five years, and complimented me on my bowling and said that he followed my journey during the IPL, and he liked how I did with the new and the guy bowled ball. It feels incredible that a legend like him knows who I am and follows my performances, ‘Sakariya added.
It was a dream to reach the Indian team: Chetan Sakariya
Sakariya’s journey to the Indian team was not easy, the player comes from a week’s financial background and before being bought by Rajasthan Royals at the IPL 2021 auction, his younger brother committed suicide while playing for Saurashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.
Just after the IPL 2021 was suspended, Sakariya’s father died due to COVID-19 and through his IPL performance he earned a place in the Indian team. Sakariya said it was his dream to play for the Indian team and he could not believe it when he was selected for the Sri Lanka tour.
‘To catch up with the Indian team was a dream come true. When I first heard it, there were a lot of thoughts in my head, but I could not believe it. I pinched myself because I was wondering if this was true. “I did not think I could play or not, just being part of the locker room was a big moment for me,” said Chetan Sakariya.
‘When I was preparing to bowl the first ball, I needed a few minutes to mark my run-up and warm up, and at that moment I could see a flashback of everything that had unfolded in my life, the good , the bad, the sacrifices, the support, the criticism all, ”he added.
Sakariya has picked up seven wickets for Rajasthan Royals in as many matches so far in the IPL 2021 and in his debut against Punjab Kings he scored the figures of 3/31.