IPL 2021 auction: I can’t give everything if you think about price tag, says K Gowtham of CSK

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The choice for Rs.9.2 crore by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the most expensive Indian player in IPL the mini-auction stopped spinning bowling universal Krishnapa Gotham trembling, but he was also happy and caused tears for his whole family as it was a “very emotional moment”.

After playing just two games for Kings XI Punjab in last year’s IPL and doing very little in the 2019 edition in seven games, the 32-year-old Gowtham has nothing to show for his performance in the T20.

But from his knocks, from 2018, remained in the minds of the leadership of CSK. Gowtham knocked two sixes in the penultimate while he and Joss Butler scored the required 28 runs in the last two overs to win the Rajasthan Royals in a league match against MS Dhoni-Ice CSK.

“I never had any numbers in my mind. I never believed, even when the auction was going on, that this would actually happen. When it was all over, I literally trembled, but at the same time I was very happy. My family was also very happy. I talked to my wife all the time; a lot of emotions ran out. I enjoyed every part of it, “Gottham told IANS in Ahmedabad, where he, as a bowler in India, helped the team prepare for the third test against England, starting in Wednesday.

However, Gowtham has extensive experience in first-class cricket, which gives him faith in his value. He has taken 166 wickets in 42 first-class matches and scored on a strike of nearly 80 even in a multi-day format.

The sum of Rre.9.2 crore is the last thing on his mind, he says.

“It doesn’t put any pressure on me. I’ve played so many internal matches. It’s all about experience, with internal experience. It’s about how you turn it into energy. You can’t go out there with a price, you can’t give everything when you’re constantly I don’t think you can ever introduce yourself or be who you want to be with the price [on your mind]. You have to go out there and play properly. This is how I will think and approach the game [IPL], “he explained.

Gowtham made his Ranji Trophy debut for Karnataka in 2012, but was absent from the team for three years, from 2014 to 2016, due to poor performance.

It took some mental work and skill to get back on the Karnataka Ranji team. He attended several spinner camps.

“I was working on the mental side. Maybe I was too desperate too easily. Once I started to recreate, I realized what it takes to be a good cricketer or an intelligent cricketer. In that case, it helped me,” he said of the return. your side of Karnataka Ranji.

The sinking came again, this time in the IPL, after a good performance in the 2018 edition. He was below face value in 2019 and then had to play only two games last year.

“I was a little upset that I didn’t get the opportunity last year. At the same time, it was the team’s call; it’s not under my control. We have to follow the decision that the franchise and the team management make. I learned a lot with Anil [Kumble] sir I haven’t played much, but we can’t think about the past. I will look ahead and move forward, “he said.

Gowtham felt his ability to play power-play and his powerful strike towards the end of the inning probably made a deal.

“I can be the one who can bowl for you in the power game and get a quick 20-30 tracks. Maybe that’s something they were watching,” he said.

Gottham said playing with Donnie was a “blessing.”

And CSK hope Dhoni will prepare Gowtham well.

“We needed an Indian off-spinner who could eventually beat as well and provide a powerful kick. I thought Gotham had that ability. We analyzed his wadding and bowling skills, we think he’ll do well with CSK. We did it in the IPL, he did well, including against us for the Rajasthan Royals. It was also about intuition. We have to get the best out of him. We are confident that [captain] Donnie has the capacity to get the most out of it, “said CSK CEO Cassi Viswanathan.

Gottham believes he was lucky to have a very supportive family. His father Krishnapa was a Kabadi player in Karnataka and insisted on having a strong body from the beginning.

“Kabadi’s players are well built. I’ve never been a very, very complex guy. I was a very, very weak person. Dad always drove me; he always made sure I ate well protein, meat, etc. He was very strict, forced me to eat healthy food and in good quantity. It helped me, “said the right-handed batsman.

“The sports experience helped. They supported you at home. They made sure I never missed training. Discipline came from there. They always made sure I could do my best. I am very grateful and blessed to have such a family.”



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