Krishnappa Gowtham made history as he became the most expensive uncapped player signing in the history of the IPL. The Chennai Super Kings acquired him for a whopping sum of Rs. 9.25 crores. Even though they had signed a similar player in Moeen Ali, CSK went all-out for the Karnataka all-rounder by joining in the bidding war late.
Having already been a part of the IPL, Gowtham is gearing up to give his best for the Men in Yellow. He hails the opportunity to play under MS Dhoni as a come dream come true. In the past, Gowtham had shown what he is capable of during his time with the Rajasthan Royals. CSK will be expecting a similar performance this time around too.
“I am literally like shivering and have no words to explain. That’s not got into my system yet. It is a dream come true. Always idolise Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) bhai. The way he is as a human and the way he plays the game and finishes the games off. So yeah, this was something I always envied about him,” said Gowtham in a video on IPL’s website.
“My nerves were really high,” shares K Gowtham
The young all-rounder shares how nerve wreaking was the moment when he got under the hammer. Gowtham is delighted to rub shoulders with the likes of Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the CSK camp. He adds that while the price tag is huge, he is least bothered about it. Gowtham will be looking to express himself when takes to the field in CSK’s yellow jersey.
“Now that I would be able to share the dressing room and I would learn a lot of things. Was just trying to relax but it never happen, my nerves were really high. I was texting my wife,” said Gowtham.
“Playing alongside the legends of the game like Raina and Dhoni. So would love to learn the way they handle the game. Not too worried because of the price tag because at a given we have to go out and perform. Having that badge on your head will put unwanted pressure. It’s just you need to go out there and express yourself is what I look up to and do that,” he added.
CSK bought six players, headlined by England all-rounder Moeen Ali and Gowtham and batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.