Shreevats Goswami relives his journey with Sunrisers Hyderabad and West Bengal

Goswami scored 2665 runs in his 75 matches inclusive of 6 centuries for West Bengal.

Shreevats Goswami | Source IANS

Shreevats Goswami is a wicket-keeper batsman who represents West Bengal in the domestic circuit. Goswami who was a part of India U-19 team in 2008 under Indian skipper Virat Kohli, was recently involved in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda. The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League at a price of Rs 1 crore.

In the interview, Goswami opened up to talk about his experience with Sunrisers Hyderabad and West Bengal.

When asked about his experience in IPL 2018 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Goswami said  "I had a great time with the SRH team and the management. This was my 4th IPL franchise and with due respect to the other franchises I have played with, I had my best time in the IPL season. The management and the support staff including the players were excellent and the franchise itself was very cricket oriented and gave the priority to their players. We had an amazing journey till the finals, gutted to have lost it but there were more gains than losses. SRH is one happy family".

Shreevats Goswami also spoke about his IPL teammates and how was the experience playing with them. He added "It was amazing to be sharing the team bus, dressing room and the ground with them. You get to learn just from watching these players and how they go about their job. They were absolute professionals in the way they go about it and it rubs on to each member of the team". 

When asked about how was it like to play against his ex IPL team along with  International star Shikhar Dhawan, he noted "To be honest and to my surprise, I wasn’t feeling any pressure when I played my first match for SRH. Saha was under safety precaution and the management decided to give him a break since we had already qualified for the knockouts. I was clearly told that I would be replacing him since he’s been given rest and he would be back once fit. So I went in with less pressure and when I went out to bat I didn't feel anything at all to my surprise, but yes the occasion was as overwhelming to me having to open along with Shikhar Dhawan against my ex-team KKR. We did have a good start too where SRH scored their highest total in the Powerplay. It was unfortunate that we lost the match eventually but it was a memorable game for me".

Shreevats also confessed about how it was like playing under the mentorship of Tom Moody. Goswami opined  "Tom was excellent in handling the players. Along with Tom, VVS Sir and Murali sir were like the calm vibe we needed in the dressing room. Furthermore, Simon Helmot (the assistant coach) has been brilliant since the time he joined SRH. The coaches would make their best to make sure each player is in good space and are ready. They gave enough confidence to us to go out there and perform to the best of our ability". 

When talking about his success mantra for West Bengal in Ranji Trophy, the wicket-keeper said "Well, the key would be to keep going no matter what. There are failures in cricket more than success but you have to keep going. Once you have the belief that you are made for bigger things in life, no matter how much you fail you have to pick yourself up and keep pushing. Ultimately, we all want to play for the country but some might take longer than others but the key is to keep moving forward even if it means small steps to move ahead".

While signing off, Shreevats Goswami left a piece of advice for young cricketers who would like to play Indian Premier League in the upcoming editions of the tournament.  Shreevats Goswami concluded saying  "Yes, the youngsters these days grow up and dream to be a part of an IPL side but they have to remember that playing for their state should be the first priority which is a ladder to play for the country and IPL. So if they do well in domestic cricket, the doors to international cricket will open up to them". Goswami concluded.


By Kunal Kataria - 22 Jun, 2018

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