He not only played but also demolished his icon AB de Villiers’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore with a blistering half century.
“He is my idol. I want to keep like him. It feels great to play in the IPL against such big stars.
My team (Rajasthan Royals) also has big names and I am trying to get as much information from them as possible,” Viswanath said, after scoring a match-winning 63.
He, however, did not reveal whether he was following his idol’s footsteps when playing those unconventional shots, which he used against Bangalore.
“It’s nothing like that. Those shots (like lifting the ball above the wicketkeeper’s head) come naturally to me. Also there were no fielders, so I thought that I would go for those as the target was challenging and we needed to score runs fast,” said the 18-year-old from Kerala.
“I was under no pressure as I knew our team has a good batting line- up. I was told by my captain and coach that I would have to play up the order. So I decided to play my natural game and attempted certain shots to score quickly.
“But I would not want to be in the team as a batsman only. I would like to do the wicketkeeper’s job too.” Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Ravi Rampaul also praised Viswanath’s efforts.