Krishnappa Gowtham Biography | A gigantic hitter and mysterious off-spinner, Krishnappa Gowtham has always displayed high potential than his caliber. A T-20 specialist, Gowtham broke his legacy and harnessed a riveting performance at the Ranji Trophy. He silently earned a name as a steady finisher at the Vijay Hazare Trophy that opened the doors of IPL for him.
An uprising star, IPL was the turning point of Gowtham’s career as he has always been a highly paid cricketer at the auctions. Gowtham currently plays for the Chennai Super Kings franchise and represents the Karnataka state team in the domestic circuit. He has played for India in a solitary ODI against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
Krishnappa Gowtham Biography – Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Krishnappa Gowtham was born on 20th October 1988 at the cricket capital of India, Bangalore in Karnataka state. Krishnappa Gowtham’s father is a local businessman based in Bangalore whereas his mother is a homemaker. Gowtham has a sister and he did his primary schooling in Bangalore and is an undergraduate in Arts.
Gowtham was fond of cricket right from his childhood as he used to play the sport in his school days. He represented his school team at various inter-school tournaments. Gowtham has always preferred to stay away from the limelight but has been in highlight due to his impressive performance. He has a glittery domestic career and a long way to go in his life.
- Age: 33 Years
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 65 kg
- Alma Mater: St.Joseph’s Boys School, Bangalore
- Coach: Erapalli Prasanna
Krishnappa Gowtham Early Days
Krishnappa Gowtham has always been passionate about his cricketing career and worked on his development from childhood. He worked closely with an Indian off-spinner and his mentor Erapalli Prasanna at a cricket camp organized by the Karnataka State Cricket Association. This was where he developed his significant off-spin bowling.
Gowtham went on to have a marvelous season for his school and club team in the early 2000s. Following his amazing stint, he was selected to represent the Bangalore team in the U-15 zonal tournament that was held on his home soil. Gowtham scalped 15 wickets in the tournament and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker.
Krishnappa Gowtham Domestic Career
Krishnappa’s stint in the youth level championships had caught the attention of the association selectors. Being a powerful smasher and an economical bowler, Gowtham was perfectly suited for the shorter formats. This led to his selection in Karnataka’s team for the BCCI’s domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 trophy in 2011.
Krishnappa Gowtham made his List A debut for the Karnataka team against Chennai on 16th October 2011. In an unfruitful debut, Gowtham failed to contribute to his side which emerged as the winners by 40 runs. Gowtham was given the ball in the 12th over where he conceded 11 runs and was wicketless. He was on the bench for the rest of the tournament.
Krishnappa’s fortune had another story written for him. After an unsuccessful T-20 circuit, he was provided with an opportunity to represent the Karnataka team in the first-class Ranji Trophy 2012-13. Being adopted to the shorter format, it was believed that Gowtham would fail once again to prove his caliber.
However, the story had a twist in the tale. Krishnappa Gowtham made his first-class debut in a Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh at Meerut on 17th November 2012. Not so good with the bat, Gowtham’s off-break bowling turned out to be successful for him as he grabbed the wickets of Suresh Raina and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the second innings.
2016-17 Ranji Trophy Stint
The 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season was the career turning point of Krishnappa Gowtham’s life. Gowtham was a regular player in Karnataka’s side after 2012 but failed to impress the national selectors. However, he had a memorable season in 2016 where he changed his fortunes through his brilliant bowling performance.
Krishnappa Gowtham picked up two consecutive five-wicket hauls against Delhi and Assam with a career-best figure of 7/108. He ended up with 18 wickets in the prestigious tournament that paved his way towards the IPL entry and he was also picked in India’s A team for the New Zealand tour but missed it due to an injury.
Gowtham continued to impress the Karnataka team with his mesmerizing performance. His maiden first-class century came against Assam at the Ranji Trophy 2017. In a total of 32 first-class games, Gowtham has scored 737 runs with a top score of 149 and picked up 116 wickets with a bowling average of 25.56.
2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy
Krishnappa Gowtham made it into Karnataka’s One-Day team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy after a successful Ranji Trophy stint. He made his List A debut against Maharashtra on 25th February 2017. Gowtham picked up a couple of wickets as he was silently earning a name for himself as an established Indian cricketer.
Gowtham’s spectacular domestic season resulted in his selection at India’s B team for the Duleep Trophy in October 2018. Krishnappa Gowtham has played 32 List A matches in his career. In his short career in the limited-overs format, Gowtham has scored 400 runs with an average of 22 and picked up 51 wickets with an average of 25.62.
Krishnappa Gowtham IPL Career
Krishnappa Gowtham is best known for his marvelous performance at the IPL. IPL is the stage where Gowtham earned a name for himself in a highly competitive cricketing nation. Krishnappa Gowtham was picked by the Mumbai Indians franchise at the 2017 IPL auctions for Rs. 2 crores but he failed to feature in a packed lineup and was released in 2018.
Krishnappa Gowtham made the headlines after the Rajasthan Royals franchise bought him for a whopping Rs. 6.2 crore. The critics highly argued that Rajasthan has made an error in its judgment but Gowtham proved them wrong through his stellar finishing abilities as he finished off crucial games for the franchise that helped it to qualify for the playoffs in 2018.
Krishnappa Gowtham’s performance deteriorated in the 2019 season and it was followed by inconsistent performances by the debutant. This led to his trading with the Kings XI Punjab franchise ahead of the 2020 season of IPL. In a packed Punjab spin bowling lineup that included Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Ravi Bishnoi, Gowtham failed to feature for the side and was released.
Krishnappa Gowtham’s career at the IPL never halted as franchises believed in his T-20 abilities. Ahead of the 2021 season of IPL, the Chennai Super Kings franchise picked Gowtham for a whopping Rs. 9.25 crore which made him the most expensive uncapped player at the auctions. He however failed to perform for the franchise and featured only in a couple of matches.
Krishnappa Gowtham International Career
In a surprise move by the BCCI, Krishnappa Gowtham was selected as one of the net bowlers for India at the test series. His prevailing consistency helped him to bag a place in India’s squad for the T-20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka in July 2021. India was led by Shikhar Dhawan where Gowtham made his international debut.
Gowtham did not find a place in the T-20 team but was lucky to make his ODI debut for India in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka on 23rd July 2021. In a low-profile debut, Gowtham did not perform with the bat but grabbed his maiden wicket of Minod Bhanuka. He has plenty of time to feature for the Indian team again.
Krishnappa Gowtham Wife
Krishnappa Gowtham married his long-time friend Archana Sundar at a private ceremony in Bangalore on 6th December 2019. The couple share a beautiful bond and Archana travels with him for Krishnappa’s cricket matches. In September 2021, Gowtham announced that he and Archana are expecting their first child soon.
Krishnappa Gowtham Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Krishnappa Gowtham is believed to be Rs. 25 Crore. Gowtham has earned a significant amount of his income through his professional career for India, Karnataka, and IPL franchises. He signed a 2 crores contract with Mumbai Indians, a 6.2 crores contract with Rajasthan Royals, and 9.5 crores contract with Chennai Super Kings.
Krishnappa Gowtham earns a lavish bungalow in Bangalore and has a few premium wheels in his garage that include a BMW 530d Motorsport and a Mercedes GLS.
Krishnappa Gowtham-BCCI Controversy
Krishnappa Gowtham made it into India’s A team for the New Zealand tour but informed BCCI that he is ill and could not participate. However, he went on to play the Karnataka Premier League after a few days and anguished by his actions, BCCI replaced him with Karn Sharma that sparked a controversy.
Krishnappa Gowtham Records
- Third Karnataka bowler to claim two successive five wickets haul in Ranji Trophy.
- Highest individual score at Karnataka Premier League (134*).
- One of the few Indian bowlers to take a wicket on his ODI debut.
Krishnappa Gowtham Facts
- Gowtham is fond of traveling.
- Gowtham replicated Harbhajan Singh and was called by an Australian cricket camp for similar action.
- Gowtham loves to watch Bollywood movies and Deepika Padukone is his favorite actor.