Net bowling with the Indian team at the moment, the uncovered all-encompassing Karnataka Krishnapa Gotham is still trying to control his emotions after pulling out a mind-boggling 9.25 crore deal with the Chennai Super Kings, which left his parents and wife overwhelmed with tears of joy.
After bidding war on IPL at an auction in Chennai on Thursday, Gowtham was bought by CSK, with its price exceeding the price of Crowned PandaHe was then recorded by 8.8 crores by the Mumbai Indians in 2018 as an unlimited player.
“It was nervous, I was very worried, I was watching on TV,” Gowtham, who is currently with the Indian test team as a bowler for the series against England, told ESPNcricinfo.
“We had just landed in Ahmedabad and I had just turned on the television and my name came up. Emotions were changing every minute. Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya he knocked on my door and hugged me tightly and they asked for a big treat. “
Its base price was GEL 20, and it quickly became the focus of a fierce bidding war between the Knights of Riding and the sunrise in Hyderabad before CSK invaded with a late bid.
The 32-year-old versatile station wagon from Karnataka has modest IPL statistics. He has played just 24 games in three seasons since 2018 and has scored 186 runs and taken 13 wickets.
He was part of the Rajasthan Royals for two seasons – 2018 and 2019, playing 15 and 7 games respectively – and was with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2020, where he played only two games before being released. .
Gotham’s parents and wife in Bengaluru were in tears when they heard the good news.
“My parents had tears, happy tears. Everyone was so happy for me,” Gotham said.
“It’s hard to describe that feeling. Everything just sinks. Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve been in the auction, but every time your name comes out, the look of butterflies in your belly is unimaginable.”
Gotham, a regular player in India, will play under Mahendra Singh Doni at CSK and he remembers queuing up with several other unlimited players to get his bat signed by the legendary beatmaster after an IPL game three years ago. .
“The first time I met him, I asked MS what I needed to do to take my game to the next level,” Gotham recalled.
“He was a big fan. Then I was able to talk to him a few times, I didn’t really have long chats, they were just short and simple. I’m waiting to join the setup and I have a lot of fruitful conversations with him. It’s an exciting feeling to play for CSK. “
Five years ago, things were difficult for Gotham when he was overwhelmed with self-doubt.
He was reported as a suspect in need of reorganization.
At the time, he was not selected by his national team, Karnataka, even after his bowling was considered legal.
“It was hard to sit down, yes, there weren’t too many opportunities, but I tried to make the most of my time. This is the person you have to keep learning and improving every day,” he said.
“I’ve worked on my gym, I’ve worked hard to improve my networking skills and to make the most of learning from Anil Cumble and other head coaches so I can be ready when the opportunity arises.
“Keep giving your best. Every day is a new opportunity. My goal is to be a better version of my previous self. Day after day, keep improving. It’s just that simple.”