24 June, 2021

Harvinder Singh

Indias newest new ball bowler, 22, on the medium-fast lane ahead of him

Harvinder Singh
On cloud nine?
I'm very, very happy. It's all God's handiwork. Nobody in my family has played cricket at this level. I've never even seen a Test match all my life. I'll not give 100 per cent for the team—I'll give 200 per cent!

Surprised, or were you expecting a call-up?
I knew my time would come. I'd been named best bowler on the recent India "A" tour of Bangladesh where I got 12 wickets. The press had noticed me at the Bangalore conditioning camp for Sri Lanka.

15 Ranji wickets last year. Do international caps come cheap these days?
I've been playing for Punjab for two years now. I've also toured Australia as part of the India under-19 team. I was in the team that played South Africa under-19.

Kuruvilla, Mohanty and you—great expectations from greenhorns?
We may be inexperienced but we are a very good combination. We've to begin somewhere. I will do anything for India.

Your immediate aim?
If I get a chance to play in the Sahara Cup, I want to do well and win matches. I don't want to...

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