Chetan Sakariya Reacts on Maiden Team India Call-up For Sri Lanka Tour, Says ‘Wish my Father Had Been Here’

Written by Vishwas Gupta

It must have been a dream come true for Chetan Sakariya when he was picked for the Indian team that will tour Sri Lanka. Sakariya went through a rough period recently as he lost his younger brother just ahead of the IPL and then his father a month back. Now, this piece of news must have come as a respite for the medium pacer. The Rajasthan Royals star wishes his father was here to see him get picked for India.

“I wish my father had been here to see this. He wanted me to play for India. I miss him a lot today. God has made me see ups and downs in a span of one year. It has been a very emotional ride so far,” Sakariya told The Indian Express from Chennai, where he is going through the drills at the MRF Pace Foundation.

Sakariya also confessed that he was not expecting the India call-up. Adding further Sakariya admitted that he was at best expecting to get picked as a net bowler.

“The way people were talking about me after the IPL, I was thinking that now at least I have a chance to be a net bowler for the Indian team. I never expected that I will straightaway be picked in the main squad for Sri Lanka. Now it has happened, I will give my best,” Sakariya added.

He also thanked Sanju Samson for showing confidence in him.

“Sanju bhai was showing more confidence in me than anyone else. In fact, he told me during the IPL that the way I was bowling, an India cap wasn’t far away.”

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