As such, The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 comes as a chance of redemption for KC Cariappa, who has been away from cricket for a while.
“It was a very depressing period for me when I was not part of the Karnataka team earlier this year. I did well last year in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but after that, things became bad for me,” said Cariappa.
“I was shocked that someone is asking me to come for trials. Because I was lost almost for one year and weighed around 95kgs then. However, I went for it and bowled well,” added the 27-year-old.
“Zubin sir at that point called me and said, ‘I’ve been taking after you since 2015, but what is off-base with you? What is off-base along with your fitness? We like your bowling but you have got to urge your fitness right.’
“And that was the moment when I found the motivation again. And I worked really hard to get back into shape. So I’m really thankful to him and to the Rajasthan Royals franchise for showing faith in me. I feel that I’m back on my feet because of them and now it’s time to repay that faith on the field,” expressed an emotional Cariappa.
Calling the up and coming season one of the foremost pivotal of his life, Cariappa said that he will use his openings to create a case for the Indian group.
“I have been training really consistently during the offseason. And it (the upcoming season) is very important because I’ve been waiting for a big opportunity for a long time. Every year I’ve been getting only a few matches, and sometimes they go well, sometimes they go bad. But if I get an opportunity again. I just want to do well and, in my head, I tell myself that I should be in the Indian team. I feel every cricketer aspires to play for his country and so do I,” he signed off.