The right-arm seamer was first picked by RCB as a replacement for the injured Washington Sundar in IPL 2021. He didn’t get a chance to play a single match last year, but as Tiwary said, he impressed Kohli and was later bought by RCB for a base price of ₹20 lakh.
Debut cap from Virat Kohli
Akash Deep said, “Manoj Tiwary bhaiyya said that Virat is the captain of India and if you can impress him, then next season will get a chance to play in IPL. You can play for India also because you have a good Have all the skills to be a fast bowler.”
Akash Deep told The Indian Express, that was my goal and I managed to do well in the practice matches. Later selected at auction. Akash Deep, who led Bengal’s bowling attack against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, made his IPL debut against Punjab Kings. This cap was given to him by none other than Kohli himself. Akash Deep said that it is like a dream come true.
Dreamt as a child
He said, “When I used to watch Kohli and Dhoni on TV, I wondered if I would get a chance to meet them sometime in my life. Wherever I come from, I never imagined that someday I would share the dressing room with Kohli. I was surprised that he knew where I was from. My journey, struggle and everything, giving me the cap he said you deserve. Just keep doing what you have done in the past. It was a very emotional moment.”
Learnt from Josh Hazlewood
The 25-year-old cricketer took 5 wickets in 5 matches in this year’s IPL. He shared the dressing room with veteran Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood. He was constantly following Josh.
Akash said, “The entire IPL 2022 was a learning experience for me. When we were out of the bubble, I followed Josh everywhere. I spent most of my time with him. I used to watch his bowling on YouTube and now I was bowling with him.”
first published:June 14, 2022, 4:54 p.m.
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