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In October 2008, Karnataka offspinner K Gowtham received an invitation to bowl at the touring Australian team. Derrick Jones Jr. Jersey . Those were the days when his action had a striking resemblance to that of his idol Harbhajan Singh, who was still in his prime and bowling alongside Anil Kumble in Indias Test side. A lot has changed since, both in Indian cricket and in Gowthams life.Before the start of this Ranji Trophy season, it had been three years since Gowtham last played a first-class match. And in the second innings of that match he conceded 206 out of the 718 runs Saurashtra racked up. Cheteshwar Pujara made 352 and knocked Karnataka out in the quarter-finals.Now, in 2016-17, Gowtham is Karnatakas most successful bowler with 18 wickets in three matches.I was inspired by Harbhajans action and thats how I started it, Gowtham tells ESPNcricinfo. The moment he saw me with the action, he was pretty surprised. But he told me I wasnt getting side-on completely. I had a semi side-on kind of action, so he told me to rectify that and work a little more on my bowling.Now Gowtham runs up to the crease slower than before and the Harbhajan imitations have given way to the desire to be his own man.I have changed my action completely now, Gowtham says. Every bowler is unique, and I didnt want to be known as the guy who bowls like Harbhajan. I wanted to be on my own, so I tried out a few actions in the nets and I could bowl even better than previously.It wasnt like Gowtham blindly followed the man he looked up to, and then woke up one morning and decided not to.The way Harbhajan was bowling was completely different from the way I wanted to do things. He could bowl the doosra, but I couldnt. While youre imitating someone, you still have to keep learning new things. Changing the action has helped me, but I have not changed the way I bowl.Gowtham had the good fortune of running into one of Indias best offspinners, Erapalli Prasanna, after he was picked for a camp conducted by the Karnataka State Cricket Association.It was a 15-20 day camp and I worked with him, Gowtham says. And whatever he taught me during that period, I keenly observed, wrote it down, and kept it in the papers in my diary. He told me to work on my run-up and be more consistent. It was more like a friend whos giving you his thoughts on bowling.Hes a legend by himself and I was a little reluctant to go and ask him, but the moment he saw I was doing something and not getting it right, he came up to me and showed me how its done. In fact, he demonstrated to me by bowling himself. He asked me, how do you plan to get a batsman out? So I told him, either bowled or lbw. He said I must have more options of getting him at slip, and my main aim should be to get him bowled, because the moment I focus on trying to do that, I have all the options of getting him out, like the lbw, get a caught behind, or get him caught at short leg. Hes helped me quite a bit. Whatever the changes you see, they have come through him.Gowthams serious career began when he was picked for an Under-15 zonal tournament in Bangalore. He finished as the tournaments second-highest wicket-taker. It wasnt until he progressed to the Under-22 level that he first represented Karnataka. He played against Bengal, picking up four wickets in the match and scoring a half-century to help his side win.But, again, there was a period of six-seven years gap. But I never gave up, he says. It made me stronger and more mature as a cricketer. Its the same with this period. My fitness, training and routine never changed. Im regular to practice. If I dont practice, its like Im missing something on that day.A regular fixture in the local leagues, Gowtham worked on being more patient and consistently hitting tight lines. He had a productive 2016-17 Karnataka Premier League, where eight matches yielded 11 wickets and an economy rate of 5.58, just before the start of the Ranji season.Gowtham bagged 3 for 97 on his return, against Jharkhand in Noida, and recounts a valuable tip he received from Mansur Ali Khan, Karnatakas bowling coach.There was one small change that he asked me to make in between the first game [and second], Gowtham says. I was running slightly diagonally towards the wicket, but he told me to run in a little straighter and see the difference. Its helping me in a big way. My deliveries were slightly drifting down leg, but now, I have more control over the ball. [Mansur] works very silently and has a very low profile. But hes the one who actually holds the team together; when he says something, it holds a lot of weightage.Gowtham followed it up with eight wickets - including a maiden five-for - against Delhi, and a career-best 7 for 108 in the second innings against Assam to deliver Karnataka a bonus-point win.Returning to the team after a lengthy spell in the sidelines, Gowtham feels he was welcomed back warmly. Almost everyone has played for India or India A, so being a part of it and playing in the XI is an achievement in itself. It really holds a special place and helps me stay motivated. Everyone makes fun of me and I make fun of everyone as well; its like a barter system. Everyone was happy I was doing well and getting into the team. Tyler Johnson Jersey . 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We could easily be 2-1 right now.Pryor played quarterback at Ohio State, and given the Browns health woes at quarterback -- Cody Kessler is the third starter in as many games this season, after Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown got hurt in the first two weeks -- it wasnt surprising to see Pryor run some read option, which he did in the second series of the game.He did a whole lot more the rest of the way.He threw five passes. He caught eight passes. He rushed the ball four times, including one for Clevelands lone offensive touchdown of the day. He even played safety on the final play of the first half.Since the AFL-NFL merger, no player had as many throws, rushes and catches in the same game as Pryor did Sunday. Udonis Haslem Jersey. What he did didnt surprise me, Browns coach Hue Jackson said.Cleveland came into Sunday missing six starters: Griffin III, McCown, center Cam Erving, wide receiver Corey Coleman, defensive end Carl Nassib and kicker Patrick Murray -- who hurt his knee in a walkthrough on Friday.The Browns had to sign Cody Parkey on Saturday. He got on the plane with Cleveland without taking a single kick with the team. He missed three of his six field-goal tries Sunday, including a 46-yarder that would have won it on the final play of regulation.Dont blame him, Jackson said.Parkey blamed himself, though. He said he took 20 to 25 kicks pregame, and that should have been enough to get ready.Its my first time kicking with the snap and holder here, Parkey said. Its not an excuse, I have to make every kick regardless. They seemed to be pulling left on me.They were -- all three of his misses were to the left, one off the upright.Kessler completed 21 of 33 passes for 244 yards, after a week where the rookie immersed himself in the playbook. Hes the 26th starting quarterback since 1999 for Cleveland, and might be the first one this season to escape a game well enough to play in the next one.We made a great to come back and give ourselves a chance at the end, Kessler said. It hurts losing. I hate losing. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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