Kevin Pietersen described him as a “little gem” and Sreevats Goswami got lost in the hug he got from the big man after Bangalore Royal Challengers broke a four-match losing streak on Thursday. Nicknamed ‘Nano’ by his Bengal teammates for his tiny size, Goswami didn’t look out of place in the big league.
Playing his first match in IPL II, he scored 43 as opener to put his team on course. He was adjudged Man of the Match in his first IPL game last year, although this time the award went to Mark Boucher. Goswami revealed that Boucher offered him the prize afterwards and he refused it.
Talking to HT, Goswami said he was happy and not so at the same time. “It’s good that I contributed to the team’s cause but disappointed that I didn’t stay till the end and didn’t get a 50. I took 46 balls for 43, which isn't good in T20.”
Having opened with Jacques Kallis and outscored the South African stalwart, the member of the 2008 U-19 World Cup winning India squad said it was not planned. “There was no strategy as such. After struggling in the first over, I middled a few and saw that I was hitting the ball well. I went on.”
Goswami said he was scheduled to get his first match earlier but a thumb injury kept him waiting till the sixth game.
But he has few regrets. “There couldn’t have been a better way to know the attitude of these great players. And when they praise you after you do well in practice, it’s a massive feeling.”
He admitted he was tense. “I was nervous before the game because it was against my home team. It helped that the seniors told me I was playing because I was good enough.” Goswami needs more runs to be totally sure of that. As of now, 'Nano' can draw confidence from the smooth start.