Navdeep Saini, fast and furious, set to make his mark on the big stage

first_imgNavdeep Saini is 26 and he is fast and furious. The strapping pacer from Haryana’s Karnal is one step closer to realising his dream after he was called up for the T20I and ODI series on the tour of West Indies starting August 3.Navdeep Saini, who can clock a speed of 150 kmph, was the second highest wicket-taker in the 5-match unofficial ODI series for India A in the West Indies. Saini has also impressed with his pace in his first IPL season and was the fastest among Indians, clocking 152.85 kmph, which was second only to South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada’s at 154.23 kph.Saini who has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit, plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. In the 2019 season, he picked 11 wickets in 13 matches, bowling 141 dot balls – needless to say, Saini was again among the top bowlers in the 12th season of the Indian Premier League.Till 2013, Navdeep Saini, had not played a lot of cricket with the leather ball. He used to play with tennis balls in his hometown and he would often earn Rs 200 per match.Few people know that Saini’s cricketing journey began after he was identified by former India opener Gautam Gambhir during a 15-minute net session. Those 15 minutes later proved to be a groundbreaking time for his career.Giving full credit to Gambhir for identifying his talent, Navdeep Saini said: “I can never forget Gautam bhaiya’s contribution in my career. It’s all because of him I’m here. Every time I do something, Gautam bhaiya’s name will always come.advertisement”After my family, it’s always Gautam bhaiya. I played nowhere, even in Haryana nobody knew me. It was Gautam bhaiya who brought me in and made me play for Delhi. Everybody knows about it now. The way he backed me and trusted in my abilities, I would never forget in my life,” he concluded.In the 2019 World Cup, Navdeep Saini was one of the net bowlers along with Khaleel Ahmed to provide practice to Indian batsmen in recently concluded World Cup 2019.Read more | Ashes 2019: Expect Usman Khawaja to be fully fit for first Test, says Tim PaineAlso see:last_img

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