IPL 2023
Vyshak Vijay Kumar reveals how Faf du Plessis helped him to plan his maiden wicket
By SMCS - Apr 30, 2023 4:10 pm
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Royal Challenger Bangalore pace bowler Vyshak Vijay Kumar is enjoying a good debut season in the IPL 2023. Vyshak, a medium-pace bowler from Karnataka has already picked up 6 wickets from his first 5 matches and is likely to do well in the remaining games as well. Speaking to RCB’s latest episode of Bold Diaries, Vyshak shared how Faf du Plessis helped him plot his first wicket in the Indian Premier League and that too of David Warner. He also added that Faf wanted him to trust his slower ball and mix up things against the veteran Australian batter.

Vyshak Vijaykumar
Vyshak Vijaykumar

“Before the game everybody came and told me not to worry and just enjoy the moment as it was my first game. I bowled my first ball which went for a single and then the second one went for a boundary,” Vyshak Vijay Kumar told Royal Challengers Bangalore. “Then Faf [Du Plessis] came to me and asked me what do I want to bowl next to which I replied that I will bowl hard length. But he told me to just mix it up with a slower one as I have a pretty good knuckleball. So, I bowled it and got my first wicket. That moment was magical,” Vyshak recalled.

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“We were in Kolkata when Mike (Hesson) sir told me that my bowling and fielding are up there but I have to improve my batting. So, I said to myself that I am going to accept this and left it there. The next day I came back to the ground and was warming up when Mike sir called me again to have a word with me. He congratulated me and told me that I had made it to the team. I was left starstruck and came running to the dressing room to call my mother,” Vyshak Vijay Kumar concluded.

Vyshak Vijaykumar
Vyshak Vijaykumar

The pace bowler further added that he could not sleep well the night before and kept waking up every 5-10 minutes as well. He also received his maiden cap from Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood and went on to pick 3 wickets in his first game as well.