The IPL Season 2018 may be over, but the cricketing action seems to get exciting everyday with India-England test series, Quadrangular series and the upcoming Karnataka Premier League. Some of the players that have been standing out are our very own Royals – Krishnappa Gowtham and D’arcy Short, who have acknowledged that the time they spent with Rajasthan Royals will help their performance in the upcoming matches.
Krishnappa Gowtham has made rapid strides in the last few years, especially since making his way into the Karnataka Ranji Trophy team. One of the most sought-after all-rounders in the domestic circuit at the moment, Gowtham was acquired by the Mysuru Warriors for the current edition of the Karnataka Premier League. While, Gowtham may not be able to participate in the league, due to his Duleep Trophy commitment, Gowtham spoke about his how he will be looking to draw inspiration and experience from his stint at Rajasthan Royals, where he shared the dressing room with some of the biggest international stars like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, etc. The family-like atmosphere at Mysuru Warriors camp should bring the best out of him just as it did when he was with the Rajasthan Royals. He shed light to the familiar happy and comfortable atmosphere in the Mysuru Warriors and Rajasthan Royals dressing room while speaking to Sportskeeda, where he said ‘’Rajasthan Royals is like a family, and they made me feel very comfortable and special. But the Mysuru Warriors is a special team just like a family where I always wanted to be”.
In fact, even the hard-hitting D’Arcy Short is hopeful that his stint with Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018 will assist him in acclimatizing to the sub-continent conditions better. Short, who is a part of the Australian A squad that has been assembled for the Quadrangular series with South Africa A, India A and India B, came into relevance after his success in the Big Bash League last year, where he smoked 572 runs in 11 outings for Hobart Hurricanes striking at a belligerent 148.47. While speaking to News18, Short said, “Coming to India in the summer wasn’t intimidating, but it was a lot different than what I was used to for a long time. Now I have the opportunity of playing in these conditions again. Hopefully, I’ll put what I learned in the IPL into the upcoming games.”
Even earlier, it was another Royals who had made news and had many publications talking about him. This is our very own wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who produced some of the hottest streaks in the IPL 2018 and to this date, he believes that he’s playing his best cricket. There have been several news articles across UK and Indian press that talks about how Jos Buttler has credited his IPL stint for his performance currently. He also stated how Shane Warne, the mentor at Rajasthan Royals motivated him and guided him on how he was absolutely capable of playing test cricket. Speaking in an interview to MailonSunday, he said, “Confidence is the golden egg. At the IPL, Shane Warne (at Rajasthan Royals) was someone I loved getting to know. He was talking to me about Test cricket and saying, ‘You’re good enough to play it, that should still be your ultimate aim’. The same interview has been carried across online portals including SportsCafe and DailyMailUK.