Chetan Sakariya is an Indian Cricketer born on 28th February 1998 in the city of Bhavnagar, Gujarat. He is a left-arm fast bowler who can keep a check on the runs flow and also turn the momentum in his team’s favor with some quick wickets.
After playing U-19 cricket for Saurashtra, Chetan Sakariya represented the Saurashtra region in all formats at the senior level. He made his List-A debut against Baroda at Delhi on February 22, 2018. Although he was a bit expensive in that game, Chetan picked up the wickets of Kedar Devdhar and Krunal Pandya on his List-A debut.
Later that year, Chetan Sakariya received his maiden first-class cap against Gujarat at Nadiad. Sakariya once again impressed everyone by taking a five-wicket haul on debut. He returned with figures of 5/83 in the first innings and followed that up with 1/71 in the second innings.
Finally, Chetan got a chance to represent Saurashtra in T20 cricket for the first time on February 21, 2019. He played his first T20 against Railways at Indore and took one wicket in his spell.
Thus far, Chetan has picked up 31 wickets in 18 T20 matches at an economy rate of 7.19. His best figures in this format are 5/11, while he also has a couple of five-wicket hauls in the first-class arena. Sakariya is yet to bring his ‘A’ game to the table in List-A cricket.
Chetan Sakariya bagged a contract worth 1.2 crores INR from the Rajasthan Royals Team at IPL Auction 2021. Sakariya received his first IPL cap on April 12, 2021, against the Punjab Kings. He picked up a three-wicket haul on his IPL debut by dismissing KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Jhye Richardson. He cemented his place in the playing XI with a solid performance on his debut in IPL 2021.
Hailing from Gujarat, Chetan Sakariya wowed the fans with his left-arm pace bowling in the domestic arena. However, his family struggled financially and Chetan’s brother committed suicide just a few weeks before the Saurashtra pacer gained his IPL contract from the Royals. Despite facing such hardships in life, Chetan never gave up and realized his dream of playing at the big stage in IPL 2021. If he continues to perform the way he has so far, he could soon break into the Indian cricket team because India need a backup left-arm fast bowler for T Natarajan.