Delhi squared off against Kolkata in the 41st match of the Indian T20 League 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On a pitch that provided enough assistance to the bowlers, an even contest was witnessed between the bat and the ball.
The Delhi skipper, Rishabh Pant won the toss and asked Kolkata to bat first in the bat. Pant used Chetan Shakariya, who was playing his first match of the tournament, as the opening bowler. He repaid the faith that the skipper showed him by bowling an excellent spell of three overs conceding 17 runs in them and picking up the important wicket of Aaron Finch.
Shakariya dismissed Finch in the second over of the innings when their score was just four runs. The initial shock that the left-arm pacer gave the men in purple went a long way in restricting them to 146 runs in 20 overs. Delhiâ€™s hold on the match was strengthened further by Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up four wickets in their three overs conceding just 14 runs. While chasing the target Delhi struggled in the middle phase but ultimately on the back of a composed knock by Rovman Powell they reached the target in the 19th over with four wickets remaining.
Speaking of Shakariya, he revealed a unique celebration after he picked up the wicket of Aaron Finch. As he dislodged Finchâ€™s stumps, Shakariya first performed the â€˜Black Pantherâ€™ celebration, something which he did a lot in the 2021 season of the Indian T20 League. The left-arm pacer then unveiled the â€˜Dragon Ball Zâ€™ celebrations, emulating Goku, the lead character of the anime. The special celebration from the player became a hot topic of discussion among the fans as the video of the same went viral soon.
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However, despite his brilliant show with the ball, Chetan Shakariya might not get many chances in the tournament. As his skipper revealed in the post-match conversation, Shakariyaâ€™s inclusion was because of Khaleel Ahmedâ€™s injury and once the latter is fit to play again he will find his place back in the first eleven.