Karachi: Chetan Sakariya, who represents Saurashtra in India’s domestic cricket, revealed that Pakistani pacer Junaid Khan inspired him when Green Shirts toured India in 2012.
The 22-year-old left-arm pacer said that Junaid’s first-ODI spell in Chennai turned him into his fan and later tried to copy his run-up too.
“As a kid, you start idolizing anyone who plays well and is famous. In 2010  when Pakistan came to India, Junaid Khan bowled really well, even though we had players like Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni. But Junaid dismissed them all. So I became his fan and tried to copy his run-up,” Chetan told CricTraker in an interview.
“If you noticed, he used to take a small jump before approaching the crease. I wanted to bowl just like him, but couldn’t copy his entire action. In the attempt to copy his action, my own action got formed. However, I did copy the jump!” he added.
Chetan is India’s emerging pacer. He made his debut for Saurashtra in 2018 and has played 15 first-class games, seven List-A games, 17 T20s for them.
It must be noted that Junaid took 4/43 in 9 overs in the first ODI at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. It is considered as one of the best new-ball spells of Indo-Pak matches.