“You think you can get Virat Kohli out? ‘Yes sir’: Siddharth fulfills LSG coach Justin Langer’s wish in first IPL attempt | Cricket

Lucknow Super Giants head coach Justin Langer had just one request for young left-arm spinner M Siddharth after watching him bowl an arm-ball into the nets: get Virat Kohli out. Siddharth, a shy boy from Tamil Nadu, had responded with a nod and “Yes, sir!” SO. Little did Langer know that Siddharth would fulfill his promise on the first occasion he played Kohli in the 2024 IPL.

M Siddharth brought Virat Kohli out

In only his second match in IPL, Siddharth was dismissed Royal Challengers Bangalore legend Virat Kohli. It was also the 25-year-old’s first wicket in the tournament as he had gone wicketless on debut against Punjab Kings.

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Siddharth, who dreamed of becoming a fast bowler like Irfan Pathan, had to switch to left-arm spin after being informed about the lack of pace in his bowling. But the ability to swing the ball remained. He is known for his quick deliveries that swerve in the air. And with experience, he has now added a variation in pace, making it difficult for hitters to field him. Even Kohli fell into the trap.

After throwing a few quick throws at him, Siddharth slowed down. Lack of pace led to an error from Kohli, who took his quick shot and got an edge over the point fielder. It was an important wicket for LSG as Kohli looked good on 22. And in a run chase, it’s not often that Kohli gets out after getting his eyes in.

After the match, which LSG won quite comfortably by 28 points to move to the fourth position in the IPL 2024 points table, the franchise uploaded a video on their social media where head coach Langer was seen talking about his first impression of Siddharth.

“I had never spoken to him before… I saw an arm ball being played. The first thing that came out of my mouth after meeting Mr Siddharth was ‘Hey Sid! Do you think you can get Virat out for We ?’ He says, ‘Yes, sir!’ And what did he do? He takes him out,” Langer said even as loud cheers went up in the LSG locker room.

“I had always dreamed of bringing out Virat Kohli”” Siddharth

Siddharth said it was a dream for him to release Kohli. “I always dreamed of taking his wicket. You can ask anyone… It’s the biggest wicket you can take. I’m really happy,” he said. “I just wanted to keep things simple. I supported my strengths and knew if I could hit the right lengths I could do well for the team.”

Siddharth, born in Jakarta, Indonesia, moved to Chennai at a young age to pursue his cricketing dreams. This is Siddharth’s second innings in the IPL. After a good Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Tamil Nadu in 2019, he was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2020. But he was released without being able to play a match. His next destination was the capitals of Delhi. He suffered an injury in the second leg of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates and was released from the team again.

He then spent two seasons as a net bowler with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings before LSG paid a hefty fee. 2.4 crores at auction before the 17th season. He is known to be a lethal option with the new ball and his deceptive arm ball can cause problems for top hitters.

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