THE IPL REWARD
Siddarth Kaul has impressed in this IPL 2018 by picking up 13 wickets already for Sunrisers Hyderabad. © BCCI
A good performance in IPL 2018 so far (13 wickets), with an economy of little over 7 for his team Sunrisers Hyderabad, has landed the Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul a place in India’s limited-overs squad for the tours of Ireland and England. “I just switched on my phone and bhai (Uday) called to tell me the news. It is a surreal feeling. I am just answering calls now,” Kaul told the Times of India on Tuesday (May 8).
“This will be the first time that I will be playing in England. I have heard pitches there suit bowlers. If I get a chance to play, I would love to win matches for my team and country, but my focus is on IPL for now,” he said. “I am enjoying bowling this season and trying to make the most of my abilities. The fact that all other bowlers are doing pretty well is also helping me bowl with confidence,” he added.
Kaul earned an India ODI team call-up just a few months back after toiling hard for almost 10 years in the domestic circuit, but the pacer did not get a chance to make his ODI debut in the series.
Kaul’s contribution in making SRH the table-topper this season has been immense, and he has made the team a formidable bowling side with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and fellow Punjab speedster Sandeep Sharma.
The 27-year-old credits Bhuvneshwar for his improvement in knuckle balls and yorkers. “This is my third season for Sunrisers and I owe Bhuvi a lot. I think he is the smartest bowler in the world, he is an inspiration for me. He keeps helping me, even in nets,” said Kaul.
When asked how a bowler can stay ahead of his game when batsman are constantly innovating in this format, Kaul said, “I am developing pace with variation. My pace has improved. I am also bringing improvements in my knuckle ball and trying to perfect it.”
However, the journey of Kaul has been a roller coaster. The 27-year-old belongs to Virat Kohli’s team from his Under-19 World Cup days but the career graphs of his and his then captain have been too diverse to even compare. A spate of injuries from 2007-2012 meant he missed out on the game for almost five years during a time that could have been the peak of his career.