India’s Under-19 leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi can not wait to hone his skills under the tutelage of Kings XI Punjab coach Anil Kumble. Bishnoi has impressed one and all with his skills and he would like to sharpen them while playing under the guidance of Kumble. The leg-spinner was the talk of the town in the recently concluded Under-19 World Cup picking up 17 wickets, the most by any bowler in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Bishnoi had single-handedly got India back into the contest in the final against Bangladesh. The leg-spinner scalped four wickets and conceded only 30 runs in his 10 overs quota. However, Bishnoi’s heroics with the ball went in vain as India lost the match by three wickets (DLS method).
Bishnoi was brilliant in the Under-19 World Cup.
On the other hand, Ravi Bishnoi was bagged by Kings XI Punjab for INR 2 crores in the IPL auction. The IPL is going to be a different beast altogether for Bishnoi and he would like to take the right steps.
“I am very excited that I will get to spend quality time with none other than Anil Kumble Sir during the IPL and my only lookout is to pick his brain and learn as much as I can. I will look to stay around him and work on the finer areas of my bowling under his guidance,” he smiled.
The IPL is known to give a platform to the young players and the upcoming season will throw an opportunity for Bishnoi to work with India’s best ever spinner, Anil Kumble. Bishnoi added that the target was to win matches for his team in the Under-19 World Cup.
“I wasn’t there for records. My aim was to win my team games and ultimately come back with the trophy. It was always on my mind that every time I take the field, I should contribute in a manner that we come out triumphant at the end of the game,” he pointed.
India was dominant right throughout the tournament but could not cross the last hurdle against Bangladesh. Bishnoi added he was disappointed that they could go all the way in the competition.
“A little disappointed would be an understatement and it will always stay with me that we couldn’t pass the final test. We did well right through, but winning the final would have been the perfect way to end,” he said.
Ravi Bishnoi has shown the right skills and it would be interesting to note how he will develop as a leg-spinner.