Siddharth Kaul revealed that he got to know about his selection for the ODI series against Sri Lanka during the drinks break of a Ranji Trophy game when the on-field umpire told him. Kaul also revealed that he always believed that he would get his chance if he kept performing at the domestic level.
Kaul was an integral part of the India U19 team that won the World Cup back in 2008 – a team that included current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He jumped straight into the domestic competitions, where he picked up 175 wickets in 50 matches at an average of
However, last year he found himself in Hyderabad – the defending Champions who boasted names such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, and Mustafizur Rahim. Luckily for Kaul, injuries to Nehra and Rahim handed him the opportunity to showcase his abilities on the grandest stage in Indian cricket, an opportunity he grabbed with both hands. In the 10 matches that he played for the Sunrisers, Kaul claimed 16 wickets at an average of 18.75. In a career that has been full of surprises, it was only fitting that he received the news of his inclusion in India’s squad for the Sri Lanka series in an unusual way.
“I was always hopeful that if I keep performing, I would get my share of chances. Yes, it was a great feeling to win the U-19 World Cup but all these years I knew that good performance at the domestic level would be rewarded. I had to focus on being consistent in domestic cricket. That was my
Kaul has been a part of the India A team for a while now and has produced some eye-catching performances in Australia and South Africa. As the norm dictates, Kaul was quick to acknowledge the Rahul Dravid guidance and its role in helping him become a better cricketer.
“Playing for India A or IPL is top level cricket and it always gives you that confidence that you can belong to a certain level. What helped me was my interactions with Rahul Dravid. Rahul sir would always tell me that
But Dravid wasn’t the only coach who has had an impact on his career. Coming from a cricketing family, his father,
“I would give a lot of credit to our Punjab team trainer Sagar Diwan. He was associated with the Chandigarh Golf Club and now with the Ranji team. Training with him has increased my fitness and stamina and has also helped in increasing my pace. I am also able to move the ball both ways consistently,” Kaul revealed.