Thought of sitting next to Dhoni in the dressing room gives me goosebumps: Narayan Jagadeesan
The 22-year old will be Dhoni's understudy in the upcoming edition of the IPL.
Updated - Jan 30, 2018 4:43 pm
The Indian Premier League over the years has changed few lives through its platform where the young Indian domestic players get an opportunity to play with and against some of the best cricketers across the globe. This year’s IPL auction saw 17-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane, a Nepali cricketer bag an IPL contract.
When Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Narayan Jagadeesan’s name was picked by the auctioneer, the 22-year-old was just hoping that someone should pick him. Jagadessan was picked by Chennai Super Kings on the 2nd day of the auction at almost end of the auction day. He was bought for his base price of 20 Lakhs.
While talking about his experience when the auction was going on, Jagdeesan told Sportstar that he had no expectations. “I was watching the auction on TV and although there were no expectations, it was hard to shake off the jitters,” Jagadeesan said. He was delighted when CSK made the bid for him. “I just sat on the couch hoping someone would pick me and since it was CSK, it felt great! I think it’s a very good opportunity for me,” the 22-year-old told.
Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) experience helped a lot
Having played in the TNPL, the wicketkeeper-batsman told that the experience that he along with other players got through the tournament had a big impact in their careers. According to Jagadeesan, the TNPL helped their talent get noticed.
With MS Dhoni as the wicketkeeper in the side, Jagadessan knows that his chance of getting regular games are pretty less but he can get to play few games here and there. “With the likes of Dhoni in the team, I might not get a chance to play – maybe one game here and there and in that one outing, I need to leave a mark,” the wicketkeeper said.
The Coimbatore-born player said that he is looking forward to sharing the dressing room with MS Dhoni who has been an idol for so many cricketers across the country. “It is going be a great learning curve. Dhoni is an idol to so many cricketers. The mere thought of sitting next to him in the dressing room gives me goosebumps,” he said with a palpable sense of excitement,” the 22-year-old added.