Siddarth Kaul draws inspiration from Virat Kohli in IPL 2018
Siddarth Kaul is one of few bowlers who is making the right noises in the ongoing Indian Premier League and deserves the tag of being the most lethal medium-pacer in the T20 mega-event so far.
In the IPL 2018, he has taken 11 wickets in 8 matches. Thus far, he is the second highest wicket taker after medium pacer Trent Boult.
“I am enjoying bowling this season and trying to make the most of my abilities. The fact that all other bowlers are doing pretty well is also helping me bowl with confidence,” said Siddarth, who is with Sunrisers Hyderabad for a third consecutive year.
Even though both Siddarth Kaul and Virat Kohli were part of the same Youth World Cup winning India U-19 team in 2008, Kohli tasted success long ago and now captains the Indian cricket team.
On the other hand, Kaul earned an India ODI team call-up just a few months back after toiling hard for almost 10 years in the domestic circuit.
“Virat Paaji is an inspiration. The way he has conducted himself in the last 10 years is just fantastic. I might be a bit late but I have always believed that it is better to be late than never. I didn’t get a chance to play in the series against Sri Lanka. I hope I get to make my debut under Virat soon,” said Siddarth, who was selected in the India ODI team for a three-match series at home against Sri Lanka last year.
Although the quickie did not get a chance to make his ODI debut in the series, he made most of the dressing room experience. “It has been challenging to make a mark for myself. Injuries hamper a fast bowler’s life and then one has to start afresh. I have done a lot of mental conditioning in the past one year, which has helped me to remain focused and positive,” he added.
A SPORTING FAMILY
It was natural for both Siddarth and his elder brother Uday to follow in the footsteps of their cricketer father Dr Tej Kaul and gymnastics coach mother Sandhya Kaul.
The young Kaul sibling duo picked cricket - while Uday chose to be a wicket-keeper-cum-batsman, Siddarth took to pace bowling. Brother Uday has also played for India U-19 team and is a member of the Punjab senior team.
In the 90s, Siddarth’s father was the Indian cricket team’s physiotherapist and this gave Siddarth a chance to meet and spend time with legend like Sachin Tendulkar.
“Our parents gave us a conducive environment where we could excel at sports as children. While my father would become our cricket coach, our mother used to be our fitness trainer,” recounts Siddharth, who has played 52 first-class matches and taken 182 wickets.
He was re-purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping sum of ₹3.8 crore for IPL 2018 from a base price of ₹30 lakh.
Chandigarh has produced fast bowlers like Kapil Dev, Yograj Singh and Chetan Sharma in the past and Siddarth is the latest to have caught the eye of the national selectors. “My job is to deliver the goods and give my best in whatever tournament I’m playing. I know I have to prove my mettle and just remain focused,” he said.
He is being seen as someone who bowls a lot like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and can be a good campaigner in ODIs and T20s for India. “I know I have to excel at every level to leave an impression. I’m up for that challenge and raring to make my debut soon. If it’s destined to happen it will happen. All I can say is, I have miles to go before I sleep,” concluded the speedster with a glint in his eyes.