Jaipur, Apr 3 (UNI) Rajasthan Royals spinner Shreyas Gopal has said that dismissing Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers was the best moment of my cricketing career. The leg-spinner who finished with 3/12, was brought into the attack after the Powerplay and got Kohli and de Villiers out in back-to-back overs which helped Rajasthan Royals secure their first win of the season, on Tuesday night.
"Getting Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in one match is like a dream for any youngster. It is one of the best moments of my cricketing career. Definitely one of [my] biggest moments in IPL cricket," he said at the post-match conference. "But then, any wicket is a big wicket. Obviously they come with so much name and so much of weight with them. It feels that much more better but I shouldn’t be getting too ahead of myself and stay calm," he added.
Gopal said that it was hard to come with a plan against batsmen of Kohli and De Villiers' stature. "It is very difficult to plan a dismissal for batsmen like them. You just need to be able to bowl your best ball and try and hit the best areas on a particular wicket. There was nothing planned. Obviously the googly needs to go through bat and pad and it happened so that was a big plus to take back from here," the 25-year-old said.
Bangalore were kept to a below-par total of 158/4, before Rajasthan's batsmen, led by Jos Buttler's second consecutive half-century, secured a seven-wicket win.
Gopal said he takes regular advice from experienced international players, including Buttler.
"In between the overs, I usually go to Ajju bhai [Ajinkya Rahane], [Steve] Smith or Jos [Buttler] and have a couple of words with them and try and understand what they think about the game because they have played so much more than what I have and they might know in which direction the game is going." And Buttler's advice is usually simple. His own good form, he said, was down to staying calm. "A bit more experience, knowing yourself a little better ... be yourself and be relaxed. When I'm relaxed I play my best cricket," the Englishman said after the game. (UNI)