IND vs AUS T20: Ravi Bishnoi working on developing a potent leg break ahead of T20 series against Australia
IND vs AUS T20: He is all of 22 but Ravi Bishnoi fully understands that cricket indeed is a cruel game and instead of Arshdeep Singh, it could have been him dropping an important sitter against Pakistan during the recently held Asia Cup.
In the Super 4s match, which India lost, Arshdeep dropped Asif Ali’s catch off Bishnoi’s bowling, and he received an astonishing amount of hate on social media.
Bishnoi, though, was by far the greatest bowler in his one opportunity at the continental competition, posting impressive figures of 1/28 in 4 overs.
“Paaji mere sabse acche dost hai (Paaji is a dear friend). We all know that dropped catches are part and parcel of the game. It can happen with the best. It could well have been the other way round where he was bowling and I happened to drop the catch,” Bishnoi, who has played 10 T20Is for India in 2022, told PTI during an interaction.
“Arshdeep is one of the bravest boys that I know. After that catch, you saw how he came and bowled at the death. It never looked as if he was perturbed. That’s his mental strength,” said the Rajasthan man, who is in the stand-by for the ICC T20 World cup.
Working on developing a potent leg break
Bishnoi has performed admirably for India in the shortest version of the game, taking 16 wickets at an economy rate of 7.08.
However, after losing out on the T20 World Cup bus to a much more experienced and older Yuzvendra Chahal, a recurring concern is whether he is evolving into a one-dimensional option with the googly as his lone effective weapon.
“No one from the team management has pressed it upon me that I have to develop a leg-break,” the Jodhpur lad said.
He was really reassured to relax by former leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule, who also happens to be one of the bowling coaches that go with the team.
“I had spoken to Sairaj sir and he said that it’s fine as long as I am working on that variation. He told me ‘Yes, you are trying to develop a potent leg-break and someday, you will certainly execute it to perfection. I am working on it and hope it happens sooner than later,” Bishnoi said.
In reality, wrist spin one of cricket’s most difficult strokes to master, and Bishnoi aware that he cannot be terrified of batters charging him.
“You shouldn’t be scared of getting hit or when the batter is attacking. As per the situation, I bowl a lot of flippers and top spinners. You need to analyse the match situation and bowl accordingly.”
Yuzi bhai tells me to “enjoy” and “be fearless”
Being up against a bowler as skilled as Chahal is not always simple, but Bishnoi is relishing every second of training with the seasoned wrist spinner.
“Yuzi bhai hasn’t told me anything specific (on leg break bowling). He always tells me that every moment that you are on the ground, you should enjoy it and as a pair, we should try and bowl well in tandem which is beneficial for the team.”
Bishnoi is at ease acting in both an offensive and a restraining capacity.
“One has to perform a specific role that assigned. At times, it could be a wicket-taking role and at times, a restrictive one. For me, the most important aspect is that I have not wasted opportunities, whatever chances I have got, I have tried my best to utilise it.”
‘Dressing room accepted me with open arms’
Bishnoi has been intermittently playing for India for the past seven months, but being in a locker room with some of the top players in the world has sped up his learning process.
“It was the best moment of my life when I got India call-up and my coaches were ecstatic. It has been a great journey so far with the team as we won almost all the bilateral contests and only the Asia Cup didn’t go our way.”
Bishnoi will represent Super4, the newest player in the gaming industry that enables cricket fans and aficionados across India to assemble teams before a game. Super 4 gives cricket fans in India the first ever scorecard, enabling them to make fantasy scoreboards.
Additionally, it has revealed as the title sponsor of the upcoming Legends League encounter between the Indian Maharajas and the World Giants to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence.