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Virat Kohli is my idol:Aniket Choudhary

By Rashmi Nanda -

 Royal Challengers Bangalore has added new pacer enlist Aniket Choudhary in their team in Rs2 crore at the auction in Bangalore. The 27-year-old Rajasthan pacer said that he has his head firmly on his shoulders and he delighted to play for the RCB in this season of the Indian Premier League as well is excited to sharing the dressing room with the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers.

During the practice session against the New Zealand Test series, Virat Kohli called the Rajasthan Pacer to bowl at the Indian nets which was the best thing to have happened to the left-arm pacer, said Aniket.

Aniket stated that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is an inspiration to him and his only goal in life is to wear the India cap. During in an exclusive interview with Cricket Next, Aniket said, “I am really pleased that RCB picked me at the auction. It is a huge boost to the confidence when a franchise which has stars like Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers among others feel that you can add to the team. But to be honest to you, my biggest motivation was when Kohli called on me at the India nets. To have a batsman of his stature wanting to face you in the nets is a feeling I can’t express in words.”

Ankiet was one of the local Indian bowlers who was with  the Indian team in their series against New Zealand but was not a part of the squad.

He said, “I was there when the Indian team was preparing for the Test series against New Zealand and people said I was preparing them for the Trent Boult-challenge and here I am bowling to them going into the Test series against India and the media is talking about me preparing them for the Starc-Test. But I don’t like to get into these things. My job is to go out there and help the batsmen get a good net session.” 

Aniket further added on this, “Also, I think it is a case of a similarity in height and the angle from which the ball comes out when you are a left-arm pacer that makes the media feel that I am being used to prepare the batsmen for the challenges that Starc will bring. Personally, for me, it is about working towards achieving my goal of playing for India soon.”

When asked about his interactions with Virat Kohli, Aniket replied, “He is unbelievable. The kind of work ethics he has is amazing. He is my idol and I look at him and try to learn everything possible. He has always kept it simple and asked me to focus on my basics. He told me to bowl to my strength and not get overwhelmed by the situation and that has really helped.”

Aniket also spoke highly about the Indian Premier Leauge and its contribution to Indian cricket and cricket as a whole.

He added, “It is an excellent platform for young players who want to learn from those who have already made it big on the international stage. The league is just as competitive like international cricket and I can’t wait to jump in and learn as much as I can. I want to pick the brains of all the experienced campaigners. I am also looking forward to interacting with Tymal Mills. He too is a left-arm pacer and will be on the same team so that will help. I will try and learn a few tricks from him.”

He concluded, “I do realize that the challenges of the white ball and red ball cricket are very different. I played for Central Zone recently and did decently I would like to believe. I have already started to work on my bowling further and I have a month’s time to get the act right. I will be working on the change of length, the Yorkers, and the slower deliveries mostly.”