Chetan Sakariya

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IND
Bowler
Bowler
Chetan Sakariya

Player Bio

Chetan Sakariya, the left-arm pace-bowling sensation from Vartej, Gujarat, has made a mark in international cricket with his impressive performances on the field. Born on 28 February 1998, Sakariya had to overcome several obstacles to reach where he is now. Despite facing a lack of support from his parents initially, he continued to pursue cricket and gained recognition for his talent. With a strong will and determination, Sakariya turned his dreams into reality by becoming an Indian international cricketer. In this profile, we take a closer look at the life and career of one of India's most promising cricketing talents.

Chetan Sakariya – Early Life and Background

Chetan Sakariya was born in Vartej, Gujarat, and grew up in a financially tight household. His parents were not supportive of his passion for cricket initially and believed that a government job would be a more stable career choice for him. However, despite their reservations, Sakariya continued to play cricket as it was something that he loved doing.

It was his maternal uncle who stood behind him and supported him during tough times. Sheldon Jackson, a senior player in the Saurashtra team, played an instrumental role in training and supporting him during his early years. Jackson even bought him new spikes when Sakariya did not have one.

Sakariya started playing cricket at an early age and soon developed an interest in it. Initially wanting to become a batter like Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli, he switched to left-arm pace bowling after it caught his attention at school.

He trained at the Sir Bhavsinhji Cricket Academy under Rajendra Gohil - who was also responsible for nurturing Ravindra Jadeja's career.

Rise to Prominence

Sakariya's big break came when he broke into Saurashtra's U16 side and later played for their U19 squad in the Cooch Behar Trophy. His performance impressed him, which led to him being sent to the MRF Pace Foundation for further training.

He made his debut for Saurashtra's senior team during the 2018-19 season of the Ranji Trophy and impressed with 29 wickets from 8 games. This earned him a spot in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Sakariya got a significant opportunity in the Ranji Trophy due to an injury to senior pacer Jaydev Unadkat. His impactful performances helped him gain more recognition, and he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 1.2 crore in the 2021 IPL Auction.

His impressive performances continued, picking up 14 wickets from as many games in IPL 2021. Later, Delhi Capitals bought Sakariya for INR 4.2 crore in the 2022 IPL Auction.

Sakariya made his international debut on India's tour of Sri Lanka in July-August 2021, where he played both ODIs and T20Is.

Chetan Sakariya – Cricketing Career

Chetan Sakariya has been an exciting prospect since making his debut for Saurashtra. He is primarily a left-arm pace bowler who can swing the ball both ways and extract bounce from most surfaces.

In domestic cricket, he has picked up numerous wickets at an impressive average. In his first-class career, he has taken 41 wickets from just nine matches at an average of under 30 runs per wicket.

He has been equally impressive in List A cricket with bowling figures of five for 62 being his best so far. He also has a five-wicket haul in T20 cricket.

Sakariya made his ODI debut on 23 July 2021 against Sri Lanka, where he took two wickets and helped India win. He followed it up with an impressive T20I debut where he bowled a crucial spell, conceding only 34 runs in four overs.

Chetan Sakariya - Major Tournaments and Series

Chetan Sakariya has been a promising player, thanks to his performances in various tournaments and series. He has represented Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sakariya's performance in the Cooch Behar Trophy led him to attend the MRF Pace Foundation for further training.

Sakariya made an impressive IPL debut in 2021 with Rajasthan Royals, where he picked up 14 wickets from as many games. His consistent performance earned him a spot in the Indian national team for their tour of Sri Lanka later that year. In June 2021, he was named in India's ODI and T20I squads against Sri Lanka.

During his debut match for India, Sakariya took two crucial wickets and helped India win the game. He continued to impress with his left-arm pace bowling skills throughout the series.

Sakariya's ability to perform consistently under pressure is a testament to his talent and hard work. With each passing tournament, he is proving to be a valuable asset for any team.

Chetan Sakariya - Playing Role and Skills

Chetan Sakariya's primary role in the team is that of a left-arm pace bowler who can swing both ways. His ability to bowl accurate yorkers at crucial moments makes him lethal at the death overs.

Despite being a relatively young player, Sakariya shows tactical awareness beyond his years on the field. He remains calm under pressure and adapts well to different match situations while executing his skills effectively.

Sakariya's strengths include his ability to swing the ball both ways effortlessly, especially during powerplay overs when batsmen are looking to score quickly. His subtle changes of pace also make it difficult for batsmen to read him.

Sakariya's role as a bowler means that his contributions with the bat are limited, but he can hold his own if required. He is an excellent fielder and has demonstrated exceptional fielding skills on numerous occasions.

Chetan Sakariya - Personality and Off-the-Field Persona

Chetan Sakariya's personality off the field is reflective of his resilience and perseverance, which he displayed in the face of personal tragedy. His younger brother committed suicide during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2021, and his father passed away due to COVID-19 later that year.

Sakariya's ability to overcome personal tragedies speaks volumes about his character. He has shown tremendous strength and resilience, becoming an inspiration for many young cricketers out there.

The left-arm fast bowler has been praised for his humility and respectful attitude towards fellow players, coaches, and fans alike. He remains grounded despite achieving significant milestones in his career.

Chetan Sakariya – Legacy and Impact 

Chetan Sakariya has made a significant impact on the game of cricket with his impressive performances at all levels. He has shown that despite coming from a small town in Gujarat, with hard work and dedication, one can achieve great success in the sport.

Recognition and Awards

Chetan Sakariya's impressive performances have earned him recognition from various cricketing organisations. He was named one of five players to watch out for in IPL 2021 by ESPNcricinfo.

Sakariya was also awarded the 'Emerging Player of the Year award by Saurashtra Cricket Association after his performance during Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season where he picked up 34 wickets which helped Saurashtra win their maiden title.

His consistency with both bat and ball also saw him being named 'Player of The Tournament' during Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy played between teams representing different states within India.

Chetan Sakariya's journey from a small town to international cricket is inspiring. Despite facing personal tragedies along the way, he remained determined to succeed as a cricketer, and his hard work paid off.

Sakariya started as a batsman but switched to left-arm pace bowling after catching the attention of his coaches. His natural talent for swing bowling, combined with tireless practice and dedication, made him one of the most promising fast bowlers in India.

His impressive performances in domestic cricket earned him a spot in the Rajasthan Royals squad during IPL 2021. He picked up 14 wickets from as many games, showcasing an impressive performance that caught everyone's attention. Delhi Capitals bought him for INR 4.2 crore in the 2022 IPL Auction, making him one of the top buys this season.

Sakariya was handed his international debut for India during their tour of Sri Lanka in 2021. With his natural swing and ability to bowl at different speeds, he has impressed both fans and experts alike.

Despite facing personal tragedies along the way - including his younger brother's suicide and father's death due to Covid-19 - Sakariya has demonstrated resilience and perseverance on and off the field.

With years ahead of him, Chetan Sakariya is set to become a force to be reckoned with in international cricket. His story inspires all young cricketers who dream of making it big at the highest level.

FAQs 
When did Chetan Sakariya make his international debut?
Chetan Sakariya made his ODI debut on 23 July 2021 against Sri Lanka, taking his maiden international wicket and finishing with figures of 2 for 38. He made his T20I debut on 28 July 2021 against Sri Lanka.
Which IPL teams have Chetan Sakariya played for?
Chetan Sakariya was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League. In 2022, he was acquired by the Delhi Capitals in the IPL auction.
What personal challenges has Chetan Sakariya faced in his life?
Chetan Sakariya faced personal tragedies, including the loss of his brother, who committed suicide during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2021. Additionally, his father passed away due to COVID-19 in May 2021.
What are some of Chetan Sakariya's best bowling figures?
Some of Chetan Sakariya's best bowling figures include 6/38 in first-class matches and 5/11 in T20 matches.
Which domestic teams has Chetan Sakariya represented?
Chetan Sakariya has represented the Saurashtra cricket team in domestic cricket since 2018.