R Sai Kishore, one of the country’s most promising young bowling prospects, was acquired by IPL newcomers Gujarat Titans for INR 3 crore. He repaid his investment by taking six wickets in five games at an economy rate of 7.56 as GT won the championship in their first season. Meanwhile, R Sai Kishore has discussed his bowling skills and variations.
Sai Kishore spent several seasons on the bench for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), so it was expected that he would depart from the illustrious team in the mega-auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League. A player of his caliber did not belong on the bench, and fortunately for him, GT acquired him for the IPL’s 15th season.
R Sai Kishore on his bowling
R Sai Kishore, who is only 25 years old, has won trophies numerous times. His burgeoning trophy collection already includes titles with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), titles with the Chepauk Super Gillies in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), and victories with Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophies.
Sai Kishore and CSG, who tied for first place in the TNPL 2022, had a very successful season. The most prestigious team in TNPL history put a lot of faith in their star recruit, who excelled in the six games he played with both the bat and the ball. He completed with 111 runs, 11 wickets, a 6.04 economy rate, and two Player of the Match honors.
Sai Kishore recently discussed his bowling as well as his growth as a cricket player.
“For bowlers in T20s, it’s not about what skillset you possess – it’s about how well you can execute it. The most important thing is accuracy, but not the same type of ball ball after ball. If you look at Sunil Narine, the reason why he has been so successful is not because he has the ability to turn the ball both ways but because of his consistency with length. Finger-spinners are coming back into the game because they can be a lot more accurate than wrist-spinners. Among wrist-spinners, there are a few skilful players who can do it but not all,” – Sai Kishore said.
“I have the variations in my armory, but I haven’t had the need to use them. I’m slowly starting to see the need to use them in certain situations, but I’ll only use them if I’m pushed to a corner. I’ll only bowl the carrom ball and the googly if I have to. I don’t want to use them just to create a perception that I have those variations. I’m not playing for anyone else. I can provide results with orthodox bowling, but if there comes a need to change the pattern, I’ll definitely change,” he added.