IPL 2020: 3 times IPL stars became fanboys after meeting their idols: The Indian Premier League has established itself as an unique platform, home to any cricketer deserving of the talent and skillset required to prosper at the biggest stage. While many experienced cricketers have enjoyed a rejuvenation in their form, a lot of young cricketers have come up the ranks of IPL and have even gone on to captain their nations.
The IPL has been that generous benefactor of cricket which acts as a springboard to promote young budding cricketers exposing them to the best of international talents. In the process, it has turned into a symbiotic relationship where one nurtures the other.
And the IPL 2020 too has been privy to such instance where the next-gen stars have been left awe-struck after coming across their favourite idols. Let’s have a look.
Yashashvi Jaiswal’s ‘Guru-disciple’ moment with MS Dhoni
For any budding cricketer, playing with or against MS Dhoni is a big deal. Ask any youngster from Jharkhand who has played the Vijay Hazare Trophy with Dhoni and he’ll probably tell you that meeting or talking to Dhoni is the single biggest moment of his cricketing career, one that can only be matched to the prestige of getting an India cap.
Several youngsters, over the last three-four years have been overwhelmed by Dhoni’s presence. As Sunil Gavaskar pointed out, Dhoni’s popularity has India has even overtaken that of the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Hence, it wasn’t a surprise to see 18-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal completely in awe of Dhoni’s presence. Shortly after the toss took place in Match 4 of the 2020 IPL and Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith walked away, the camera caught the young Jaiswal and Dhoni bumping fists before the youngster greeted the India legend with a “Namaste”. The small clip and its several screengrabs became viral on social media with Twitter applauding Jaiswal, who was making his IPL debut, for the gesture that won him several hearts across social media.
Tewatia’s fanboy moment with Virat Kohli
Rahul Tewatia became the darling of the cricketing world when he smashed Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League. Rajasthan Royals were chasing a target of 223 runs against Kings XI Punjab and were in a precarious position when Sanju Samson lost his wicket. Tewatia was initially struggling to middle the ball but in the last two overs, he came onto his own as he scored a 31-ball 53 to help RR chased down a a record target in Sharjah
On Saturday, Tewatia’s side faced Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020. Before the start of play, Tewatia was gifted a specially autographed jersey from RCB captain Virat Kohli.
‘Rahul Tewatia is elated as he gets an autographed jersey by Virat Kohli. Moments that matter the most,’ IPL’s official Twitter account posted on Saturday along with a photo of Kohli and Tewatia.
Priyam Garg’s ‘Big Brother’ moment with Kane Williamson
19-year-old Priyam Garg, playing his first IPL, was involved in a mix-up with teammate Kane Williamson which ultimately led to the latter’s dismissal during Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) innings against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday.
After being run-out, Williamson – contrary to his calm and composed character – looked infuriated as he scored just nine runs off 13 balls.
“It felt really bad when he (Williamson) got run-out. He was a set batsman. That he was run-out was a mistake, but everything went alright after that,” Garg told Abhishek Sharma in a video posted by IPL T20 on their official website.
“When I went back to the dugout, he said to me ‘Don’t worry mate, forget about it. You’ve batted really well’,” he added.
However, after Kane’s dismissal, Garg did play well as he went on to score his maiden IPL half-century and the Orange Army posted 164/5 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Warner’s men also successfully defended the set total by restricting the MS Dhoni-led side to 157/5 , thus winning the contest by seven runs.