Krishnappa Gowtham, who grabbed a 9.25 crore IPL contract from Chennai Super Kings is over the moon after getting the news of him playing alongside his ‘idol’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Along with Chennai, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad were also interested in the off-spinner but it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s CSK that ultimately won the race of his signature.
In a video posted on the IPL website, Gowtham expressed his happiness over sharing the same dressing room with MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina and termed it as a ‘dream come true.
“I am literally like shivering and have no words to explain. It has not gotten into my system yet. It is a dream come true. Always idolize Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) bhai. The way he is as a human and the way he plays the game and finishes the games off. So yeah, this was something I always envied about him.”
He said that becoming the most expensive uncapped player won’t affect is performance.
“Playing alongside the legends of the game like Raina and Dhoni. I would love to learn how they handle the game. Not too worried because of the price tag because at a given, we have to go out and perform. Having that badge on your head will put unwanted pressure. You just need to go out there and express yourself is what I look up to and do that,” Gowtham added.
Many experts have termed Chennai’s decision to rope in Gowtham as a very smart move. Gowtham has been a consistent performer in the IPL and is a very handy all-rounder. With Chennai releasing Harbhajan, they were in need of an off-spinner and Gowtham with his abilities to hit the long ball will add a lot of depth to CSK in addition to his off spin.