Salman Khan – a Mumbai off-spinner who is currently with Chennai Super Kings as their net bowler for IPL 2022 season reveals how he got an opportunity to join as a net bowler with CSK.
Salman Khan Reveals How He Joined the Lions Army
Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni are known for bringing out brilliant talent through their scouts in the IPL. This year, though they are not having the best of seasons thus far, they are continuing their trend of bringing out fresh talent.
Salman Khan has joined the side recently and is having a time of his life in between the likes of MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja amongst others.
“One day, I got a call from a Chennai Super Kings official asking me whether I can join as a net bowler for this season. Later, I got to know my name was recommended by (Mumbai player) Tushar Deshpande. I was excited because I will get a chance to learn, otherwise I would be just playing club cricket,” Salman told The IE
Going by CSK’s trend of picking their net bowlers in the main squad – Mukesh Choudhary and Prashant were net bowlers last year before being picked up in the mega auction this year – Salman does stand a chance to make it big if he can impress Dhoni and captain Ravindra Jadeja.
In the brief interaction that he has had with MS Dhoni, the legendary cricketer told him to put some thought behind his bowling as batters often try to go after off-spinners in the shortest format of the game.
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Salman Khan’s Conversation with MS Dhoni
I spoke to Mahi bhai and Jadeja. I want to learn from them, these two months might change my life. I asked Mahi bhai about my bowling.
He said, ‘Salman, off-spinner ko T20 mein sab maarne hi dekhte hai, so thoda dimag se dalne ka, jyada sochne ka (in T20s, everyone tries to hit the off-spinner, so put some thought behind your bowling).
He said he will speak to me after a few games. The franchise is treating us like everyone else. We are getting the same treatment like everyone else. The environment is superb,” he said.
Chennai Super Kings who is currently at the 9th position in the IPL 2022 points table will face Hardik Pandya led Gujarat Titans on Sunday to play their next league match.