When the stars are aligned in your favour, everything goes your way. Something of similar sort happened last night – April 2nd – when Rajasthan bowler, Shreyas Gopal snatched three wickets for 12 during his side’s seven-wicket victory over Virat Kohli’s team Bengaluru.
What’s more fascinating is the fact that his prey were three high-profile batsmen; Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer. Speaking after the game, the 25-year-old leg-spinner admitted that dismissing these men is the best moment of his career.
"Getting Virat Kohli and AB Villiers in same match is a dream for any youngster. It is the best moment of my cricketing career and definitely one of biggest moments of my Indian T20 League cricket.”
"Any wicket is a big wicket but obviously these two are big names so it feels that much more better. But I feel I shouldn’t be getting ahead of myself and stay calm.”
"Honestly, I feel it is hard to plan a dismissal for batsmen like them (Kohli and De Villiers). You just need to be able to bowl your best ball and try and hit the best area on that particular wicket. It is all based on the situation,” Gopal said.
"When you land on the ground you obviously do your homework. What the type of ground is, how the wicket is reacting, how the opposition has been playing. So for example (Krishnappa) Gowtham bowling three of his overs in powerplay felt like a good idea at that moment.”
Gopal also admitted that he is keen on learning more from the experienced member of the squad.
"In between overs I just go to Ajju Bhai (Rahane), Jos (Buttler) or Smith and have a couple of words and try to understand what they think about the game because they have a lot of experience.”