Fast bowler Avesh Khan performed brilliantly for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He has been in discussion with his accurate yorkers and excellent bowling in the current season of IPL. Avesh Khan has been working hard on this ball since the beginning of his career and practices for hours by placing a bottle or shoe to bring ‘perfection’ in it. Avesh’s fellow bowler Enrique Nortje, who has taken 18 wickets in 11 matches so far for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL season, recently said the art of bowling accurate yorkers has to be learned from the young pacer.
One of the most successful players of this season of IPL, this Indore fast bowler said in an interview given to Bhasha from UAE, ‘I definitely bowl 10 to 12 yorkers while practicing. A yorker is a ball on which mastery comes from practice. I put the ball with a bottle or shoes and if the ball hits it, then my confidence increases and perfection comes. He said, ‘Yorker is a wicket-taking ball. It is important to put it under pressure because it is the only ball that can avoid getting hit. The new batsman does not expect that he will get the yorker as soon as he comes but I will bowl.
Regarding his performance in this season of IPL, he said, “It has been a very good journey. I have always played cricket as a hobby or passion and never thought that I would play cricket at such a high level. Always used to play cricket with tennis ball in Indore. Although I have been playing IPL for 4-5 years but this year the performance has been special. For the team as well as mine and I will try to maintain the rhythm. The charge along with South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Nortje make Delhi’s pace attack very strong which has also proved to be the key to the team’s success. On the experience of bowling with Rabada and Nortje, he said, “I have learned a lot from both of them. Whenever either of these two bowls the first over, I ask them how the pitch is and which ball is more effective or what else they can do. To which batsman how to bowl. There is a lot of talk on the field and our focus remains on doing well as a unit.
Influenced by Dale Steyn of South Africa and Mohammed Shami of India, Avesh has no role models but tries to learn something from everyone. He does not forget to mention the contribution of Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting in his career. He said, ‘This is the fourth year with Ricky sir and all I can say is that he is a great cricketer as well as a great coach. He talks more on the mental aspect. When he talks in the dressing room, he gets goosebumps. We can talk to him about anything. The praise received from Ponting after taking three wickets in the last match is special for him. He said that earlier he used to say that I am an anonymous hero but after the last match he said that you are no longer anonymous. For me this is a big deal.
At the age of thirteen, former cricketer Amay Khurasia found Avesh in a selection trial of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and he was selected in the Under 16 team at the State Academy. He took 12 wickets for India in the Under 19 World Cup 2016. Ranji coach Chandrakant Pandit refined his game and even today he talks to Pandit before or after every match. Avesh, who described Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicket as his ‘dream wicket’ in the match against Chennai Super Kings, has also been guided by the former India captain, who sets an example for those who aspire to reach the heights of success from the small town. He told, ‘Mahi bhai has guided so many players. I also dream to play under his captaincy. Talked to him after the match and he used to explain what to do and what not to do. Whatever he tells, it has been etched in my mind and will always remember him.