Times of India – NEW DELHI: Navdeep Saini had never bowled with a red leather ball until one fine day he got a chance to bowl during Delhi Ranji team’s net session at the Roshanara cricket ground on a pleasant December morning in 2013.

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  • NEW DELHI: Navdeep Saini had never bowled with a red leather ball until one fine day he got a chance to bowl during Delhi Ranji team’s net session at the Roshanara cricket ground on a pleasant December morning in 2013.
  • Till then, Saini had only played tennis ball tournaments to earn a pocket money ranging from a meagre Rs 250 to Rs 500 per match.
  • I don’t know whenever I speak about Gautam Gambhir, I get emotional,” an elated Saini told PTI after receiving his maiden call-up to the Indian senior team for the Afghanistan Test.
  • “In fact, after first few matches, he (Gambhir) said that if I keep working hard at every practice session, I will play for India.
  • Today when I look back about those days, I smile,” said Saini.


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