India and Sri Lanka are geared up for the six-match limited-overs series, starting from July 18 at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo. The BCCI had announced a 20-member squad which deprived many players of their mainstream side. Moreover, as many as six uncapped players are part of the team and Karnataka’s Krisnappa Gowtham’s one of them.
In a recent interview, Gowtham said that he’s looking forward to this tour and is equally excited to work back under the team’s coach for this series, Rahul Dravid. Karnataka’s spin-bowling all-rounder was earlier selected as a net bowler for the recent home series against England and now participating in his maiden tour. Gowtham has earlier worked with the legendary cricketer during the India A tours and at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), which is headed by Dravid.
“Rahul sir (Dravid) was my coach from India A. I’m excited to play with him again. During my India A days, whenever I had doubts, I used to approach him and ask him anything. Rahul sir is open to Everything. He has solutions for everything. Not just India A, I’ve also spent a lot of time in the NCA with him. He’s just a phone call away to help,” Krishnappa Gowtham told TOI.
“I am excited about my reunion with a legend like him (Dravid). It is a blessing in disguise for me that he is the coach and now I ask him about my trip to India. I will ask him what a player should do to play for a long time and play big games. He is just spontaneous with everything,” he added.
“Dhawan lets his bat do the talking” – Gowtham
The 32-year-old also talked about his interaction with the team’s newly-appointed skipper, Shikhar Dhawan. Gowtham had plenty of words in praise of the southpaw as he said:
“I haven’t interacted much with him (Dhawan). But I want to learn the way he is organized. His playing style, his mindset and of course fitness. He is calm and lets his bat do the talking. I am looking forward to a great series under Shikhar bhai in Sri Lanka,” Gowtham concluded.