Every individual who takes the game of cricket earnestly always strives to represent his country one day. And if he manages to do so, the next step is to play a world-cup.
India's newest pace prodigy Navdeep Saini isn't any different. Recently, he grabbed a place in the ODI team against West Indies replacing an injured Deepak Chahar. He had a decent outing on his debut game scalping 2 wickets for 58 runs from 10 overs. The lanky pacer now eyes a spot in the T20 World Cup side which is scheduled to take place in Australia next year.
Hailing from Karnal, Haryana, Navdeep Saini has represented Delhi in the domestic circuit and has scalped 77 List A, 36 T20s and 125 First-class cricket in a career spanning from 2013.
However, he came into limelight in the 2019 edition of IPL where he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore for 13 games and scalped 11 wickets at an economy rate of 8.27. He does possess variety and is baptized with sheer pace. His toe-crushing yorkers are easily one of the most intimidating weapons in his armory.
After a fruitful show in the final ODI against West Indies, the 27-year-old pacer has been bestowed with a place in India's upcoming limited-overs assignments i.e. 3-T20Is against Sri Lanka and 3-ODIs against Australia.
With the T20 World Cup being the next big thing in terms of global tournaments, the Indian team definitely needs a pacer who can bowl around 140-145 kph on a regular basis, as the surfaces in Australia will definitely assist pace and bounce.
On his World Cup aspirations, this is what Navdeep Saini said, “I try to be ready for every situation, whether bowling with the new ball or at the death. The goal will be to be a part of India’s T20 World Cup squad. But there is still some time to go. If I start thinking too much about the future, it will only put unnecessary pressure. It’ll be better if I prepare for one series at a time.”
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