Young fast bowler Chetan Zacharya, who has been named in Team India based on his spectacular performance in IPL 2021, described his debut for India as very special. The moment he set out to take the run-up to bowl, he said, his whole life was turning in front of his eyes. Zacharya lost her father to Corona before being selected in the Indian team. At the same time, Chetan’s brother committed suicide before getting an IPL contract.
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Talking about his debut, Chetan said, ‘As I was getting ready to bowl the first ball, I had a few moments before the run up. Everything that happened in my life at that moment was in flashback. Good, Bad, Sacrifice, Cooperation, Criticism. Everything. In a video released by the Rajasthan Royals, he said, ‘It was an emotional moment but it inspired me to do well.’ Zacharia, who was bought by the Royals for Rs 12 crore 20 lakh at the IPL auction, took seven wickets in seven matches before postponing the season. He said, ‘Playing for India is like a dream. When I first heard about it, there were many thoughts running through my mind. I couldn’t believe it. I hugged myself to see if it was real. I never thought about playing. For me, being in the dressing room was a big thing.
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In his first conversation with India’s coach Rahul Dravid during his tour of Sri Lanka, Zakaria said, “I’m amazed and I can’t believe he is.” He asked about my family, experience and Saurashtra cricket. He saw my performance in IPL and he said he liked it. I love that I know a legend like him. On his tour of Sri Lanka, Chetan was impressed with his bowling.