Retired Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja praised Chetan Sakariya and stated that he was a talent who could be groomed for the future. Left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya emerged as one of the best bowlers in the first phase of the IPL 2021. Rajasthan Royals picked the Saurashtra left-arm seamer at the price of Rs 1.2 crore. After making his debut in the 14th IPL season, Chetan Sakariya played all seven matches for Rajasthan Royals. In his first game against PBKS, the pacer made headlines when he picked up the wickets of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Overall, the youngster managed to pick seven wickets at an economy of 8.22.
It is too early for Chetan to be a part of the Indian squad: Ajay Jadeja
Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja is impressed with Chetan Sakariya's rise and also shared his views on his performance so far. The former was also questioned about the youngster's chances of becoming a regular in the Team India squad. In response, Jadeja said that it was great to see Sakariya doing well, but it was too early for the youngster to be a part of the Indian squad. Ajay Jadeja gave the example of Jaydev Unadkat, who the selection committee showed the door after few matches. Thus, he reckoned that it was better to groom Chetan Sakariya rather than pushing him into international cricket.
Talking about player's stats, in 16 T20I games, Chetan Sakariya has scalped 28 wickets at an economy rate of 7.08. The youngster had a brilliant Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which eventually handed him the IPL contract. Chetan Sakariya first rose to fame when he scalped 18 wickets for Saurashtra in the Cooch Behar Trophy in 2015. This gave him an opportunity to train under Glenn McGrath. Chetan made his first-class debut for Saurashtra in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.
Team India will play three ODIs, starting from July 13. After the conclusion of the ODI series, the action will shift to the game's shortest format, beginning on July 21. The second and third T20I games will take place on July 23 and July 25, respectively.