Punjab Kings’ young pacer Vidwath Kaverappa has said that his main objective is to help his team claim the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL) title this year.

The 24-year-old has further stated that he has been following the IPL for a long time, and that he hopes that the Punjab Kings will end their title drought in the ongoing IPL season.

“The main goal is to win the trophy. I’ve been watching the IPL for a long time, and I’ve been seeing how good Punjab Kings are. They have come close to the summit quite a few times, but not able to go all the way. So, this season, I would like to help them go all the way, and reach their ultimate goal,” said Kaverappa.

The right-arm fast bowler earlier grabbed the headlines following his impressive debut campaign for Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in October. Kaverappa finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the domestic T20 tournament as he bagged 18 wickets in eight matches at an average of 10.72 and an economy of just 6.36. 

Interestingly, Kaverappa had made his T20 debut for Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

“My debut for Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was in this (Mohali) stadium. So, I am lucky that I came back to the same place where it all started,” the rising fast bowler added.

Kaverappa was also one of the standout bowlers in the recently-concluded edition of the Ranji Trophy. He scalped 30 wickets in eight matches at an average of 20.43, including bagging a five-wicket haul against Saurashtra in the semi-final.

The Coorg-born cricketer had also picked up 17 wickets in eight matches in the previous edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Following his magnificent debut in domestic cricket, Punjab Kings signed Kaverappa at the IPL 2023 mini-auction for his base price of INR 20 lakh.

The Kings’ new recruit has also revealed about his early days in cricket.

“I started playing cricket when I was 10 years old. I come from a very remote place in Coorg. So, cricket is not the main sport that is played over there. Hockey is something that people prefer to play there. So, then from PUC, I came back to Bangalore, and I started pursuing my cricket career,” he disclosed. 

Young Kaverappa has all the potential to be a game-changer for the Punjab Kings in IPL 2023.