Teams Played For
Chepauk Super Gillies, Tamil Nadu, TUTI Patriots, Ruby Trichy Warriors, Chennai Super Kings
Left-arm orthodox spinner from Tamil Nadu and a product of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) R Sai Kishore was one of the leading wicket-takers during the inaugural edition of the tournament with 12 wickets.
With an amazing performance in the next season with 17 wickets, he secured a berth in the state team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Sai Kishore attended the trials of various IPL teams but unfortunately couldn’t make it to any IPL squad. During TNPL 2016, he was involved in an ugly spat with N Jagdeesan. After picking Jagdeesan’s wicket, he celebrated in a violent fashion and even pushed his current teammate. R Ashwin on the other end wasn’t quite impressed with his attitude and took a class of the youngster just after.
Being the leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets in TNPL 2017, he was promoted to captain Trichy Warriors in 2019. Ahead of the IPL 2019, Sai Kishore was a part of the pre-season camp of CSK. Being consistent in the first two days of the camp, he was dispatched all over the stands on the third day by the skipper MS Dhoni.
His economy in the first-class matches is 2.68 and with an economy of 5.45 in T20 he was noticed during IPL auctions. During the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by CSK for the upcoming IPL seasons.
R Sai Kishore finished as the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He astonished everyone with his variations and wicket-taking ability. He took 20 wickets in just 12 games at an economy of 4.67. Most of the wickets were in the powerplay which impressed everyone with his knack for providing crucial breakthroughs.
Learning from the likes of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh in the last IPL, Sai Kishore can be a lethal spinner regardless of the condition. Yet to make a debut in IPL for CSK and with the departure of Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla, he would be hoping to capitalize on any openings handed to him.
(As of March 2021)