Ravisrinivasan (Ravisrinivasan) Sai Kishore is a tall left-arm orthodox spinner who honed his craft in domestic cricket’s crucible. The Tamil Nadu native is set to wear the CSK canary-yellow jersey and work his magic on the gritty pitches of the United Arab Emirates.
At the age of ten, Sai Kishore enrolled in a coaching camp near his home and soon began playing at the district level. However, he intended to retire from cricket after completing his education. He enrolled in an engineering college after finishing his 12th grade, but quickly realised that he should pursue cricket as a profession. So, only two months after enrolling, Sai dropped out of college and began concentrating solely on cricket, and the rest is history.
On March 12, 2017, Sai Kishore made his List A debut for Tamil Nadu in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. On the 14th of October 2017, the left-arm spinner made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy. Sai was quick to pick up the game and finished the 2018-19 Ranji season as Tamil Nadu’s top wicket-taker with 22 dismissals in six matches.
In 2019-20, the young left-arm spinner had a fantastic domestic season and has become a regular performer in the TNPL. He took the most wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, where Tamil Nadu ended second, with 20 wickets in 12 matches at an outstanding economy rate of 4.63. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Ranji Trophy, he have put in consistent results.
After a brief stint on the periphery of the IPL, Sai Kishore was given the chance to play for one of the world’s most successful T20 franchises. Chennai Super Kings purchased Sai for Rs. 20 lakhs in the 2020 auction. However, given the Super Kings’ plethora of quality spinners, it’s unlikely that Sai Kishore will be given the chance first. Still, for the youngster, rubbing elbows with the best in the industry and finding a mentor like MS Dhoni would undoubtedly be a big learning curve.