Ravi Bishnoi, an Indian leg-spinner, expressed a wish to play alongside Rashid Khan, a renowned bowler for Afghanistan, in order to develop his team-bowling skills. Bishnoi advanced quickly from the U19s to the senior team. The Rajasthan player discussed his development into the leg-spinner he is in an exclusive conversation on Sports Over the Top on Sports18. “I began as a medium pacer before switching to leg spin, where I found pleasure and enjoyment. I began playing cricket seriously when I was about 11 or 12 years old “remembers Bishnoi, who looks up to Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Bishnoi, a rookie on Team India, won the game’s man of the match award on his debut against the West Indies. From his allotted four overs, he took two for 17. He has taken 16 wickets in ten games since then.
He received praise for his courageous performance against Pakistan in the 2022 Asia Cup, but he almost missed the bus for the 2022 T20 World Cup. He is going to the competition as a reserve despite not being in India’s final roster. The 22-year-old also thanked his parents and everyone who helped him throughout his early years as a rising cricket star. “My two coaches have supported me throughout the journey, and they have been my backbone. During the starting days, my parents were very supportive but in Indian culture, there is a belief that there is no scope in sports. After a few years when my coaches explained my potential to them, they started supporting me,” said Bishnoi. The athlete, who was born in Jodhpur, had the most wickets at the 2020 U19 World Cup, which led to a lucrative IPL contract with Punjab Kings shortly after. In 23 games, he held his economy at 6.96, and in September 2020, against the Delhi Capitals, he took Rishabh Pant’s wicket.
“I will always remember that moment because as a youngster you always dream of this, and the first wicket is always memorable so I will always cherish that moment,” shared Bishnoi. He has now become one of the best leg spinners in the IPL, which has propelled him into the senior ranks.” The IPL has supported me a lot, because in age group cricket everyone is of the same age or maybe younger, but in IPL there is no age limit, senior players, international players so you get to learn a lot when you share the dressing room with these players and you get to bowl to so many legends,” added Bishnoi.