Ruturaj Gaikwad was his best friend at Chennai Super Kings (CSK), revealed Gujrat Titans’ (GT) spinner R. Sai Kishore in a candid interview with R. Ashwin on his YouTube channel. Sai Kishore was a part of the CSK setup in 2020 and 2021, however, he did not play a single game for them.
“I have seen this with almost everyone. Be it N. Jagadeesan, Hari Nishanth, and now yourself. You guys are all close with Ruturaj Gaikwad. What is the reason for that?” Ashwin asked the reigning IPL champion. “He is a very good human being. Of course, a super batsman. I can relate to him. And I can speak about cricket with him. And he is a really smart person cricket-wise. You can learn a lot from him,” Sai Kishore said, talking about Gaikwad.
Further discussing his time with Gaikwad at CSK, Sai Kishore said he dominated the Maharashtra batter before the Covid-19 lockdown, which was when he suddenly became a different batter altogether. “I dominated Ruturaj Gaikwad in 2020. Then when we had the break due to COVID. In those 6 months, he really improved and was a completely different batsman altogether. In those 6 months, I couldn’t bowl to him. He became more deadly,” he said, impressed with Gaikwad’s transformation.
Having spent 2020 and 2021 at CSK, Sai Kishore was picked up by GT during the 2022 IPL auctions for an impressive Rs. 3 crores. He then went on to win the IPL with GT in their first season, playing five games, including the final. When asked who his best friend at GT was, Sai Kishore said, “Vijay Shankar is really close with me since I have played together with him for so many years. I got an amazing filter coffee from him.”
Enquiring more about his time at GT, Ashwin further asked him which batter played him the best in the nets. Sai Kishore responded with the names of the two usual suspects. “David Miller played really well. He is an exceptional player of spin bowling, especially left-arm spin. So, David Miller, and of course, bowling to Hardik was a big challenge too. He is a good spin hitter. I had a really good time competing with them,” he said, naming the two main batters from GT’s title winning season.
Ashwin then moved away from the conversation around cricket and asked Sai Kishore about his daily routine and his career goals. “You wake up at 3 AM daily and then you go to the gym and work out till 5 AM. 5 AM to 7 AM- Break. Then you just eat 2 idly. And then you start bowling it seems,” Ashwin remarked, bewildered at Sai Kishore’s strict routine.
When asked bout his short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals, Sai Kishore gave an interesting response. “I don’t have any goals. When we have set goals and when we don’t achieve them, then the time taken to recover from that is actually more. So, what I try to do is to work without any expectations. Even if I don’t get any result, I should be able to put more hours into it. If you work in that mindset, your growth will be quicker,” Sai Kishore said.