Deccan Chronicle – 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.

Summary

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There were people who witnessed how Gambhir literally lost his cool during the net session when despite his repeated insistence, a Delhi selector (a distinguished former India opener) didn’t even make a passing glance at Saini’s bowling.
  • However, known for being stubborn, Gambhir got him into the team despite revolt from a notorious section of DDCA officials, who had distributed pamphlets, questioning Saini’s eligibility, when he was marking his run-up for his first ever over in Ranji against Vidarbha.
  • Saini was summoned to bowl at the India nets during Sri Lanka series in December 2017 as the net bowler but it was Gambhir who told him to concentrate on Ranji Trophy final.


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