The young leg-spinner, Ravi Bishnoi said he was more excited than nervous but was focused on performing well for the team after making his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their opening match against Delhi Capitals.
The 20-year-old Ravi Bishnoi rose to fame when he took 17 wickets playing only six matches averaging 10.65 in the recently concluded U-19 World Cup. The right arm leg-break bowler was picked up for a whopping INR 2 crore at the auction before IPL 2020 and he will be under the guidance of Anil Kumble, who is the Head Coach of KXIP.
Ravi Bishnoi More Excited Than Nervous After Making Debut In IPL
Ravi Bishnoi conceded 22 runs from his four overs and took one crucial wicket of Rishabh Pant who was dismissed bowled in the match. He was a bit nervous but was more excited to make his debut and wanted to do well by giving his team a victory in their opening encounter.
“I was a bit nervous in the beginning, but it was more excitement than nervousness for me to make my debut. I just wanted to do well and help my team win,” KXIP’s official website quoted Ravi Bishoi as saying.
The 20-year-old who was the leading wicket-taker in U-19 World Cup ended up on the losing side though as the match ended in a tie after their opener Mayank Agarwal top scored with 89, Marcus Stoinis performed well with both bat and ball scoring a brisk 53 off only 21 balls and dismissing Mayank Agarwal in the penultimate delivery. Delhi Capitals won the Super Over as Kagiso Rabada conceded only two runs and picked up two wickets.
Ravi Bishnoi Said There Was No Plan And He Just Bowled His Basics
“Bowling against Pant, there was no set plan or strategy in place, I just kept sticking to the basics, didn’t try another out of the box. Just kept bowling how I normally would,” he said.
Delhi Capitals secured a win against the Punjab outfit in the Super Over. Delhi Capitals all-rounder Marcus Stoinis played brilliantly in the match, scoring 53 runs off just 21 balls. Both teams had scored 157 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
In the final over, KXIP needed 13 runs to win and were looked to be clear favourites to win after Mayank Agarwal scored 12 runs off the first three balls.
To KXIP’s dismay, Marcus Stoinis made a stunning comeback. He bowled a dot ball before taking two wickets off the last two deliveries, taking the match into the Super Over. Mayank Agarwal was finally dismissed after scoring 89 runs off 60 balls.