Witnessing the rapid rise of uncapped fast bowler Navdeep Singh very much closely, former Indian cricketer and current Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowling coach Ashish Nehra feel that the pacer is ready to be part of the Indian team in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The Indian 15-member squad for the mega event scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales, was announced on April 15 and Saini was even named in the reserves list.
The Delhi speedster has impressed everyone with his sizzling pace which he has clocked consistently in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). “He’s got pace and bounce and the most important thing is he’s confident right now especially in this format because it’s really quick. Within two games his confidence is high when nobody thought he will do well. That’s the beauty of IPL. He’s not going to come good in every game. He will go for runs but he’s got all the ingredients to be a good bowler,” quoted Ashish Nehra.
Nehra backs Saini for World Cup debut
Nehra revealed that Saini has surely advanced his game to an incredible level. The left-arm pacer noted that since he is the first standby, hence Navdeep will surely come into contention if any of the frontline fast bowlers get injured.
“Look where he’s today. He is the first standby so if any fast bowler gets injured he (Saini) will be the one playing the World Cup,” Nehra added.
Nehra stated that many people doubted Navdeep’s abilities, when the Bangalore-based franchise bought him for INR 3 Crores. “He didn’t play last year. So many guys came up to me and said he plays only tournament games…. So many people were actually doubting his abilities and said you bought him for Rs 3 crores,” the RCB bowling coach inferred.
It is not easy to bowl at the death
The former Indian pacer noted that it is not at all easy to bowl during the death overs stage, the phase where Saini has to work. “It’s not easy to bowl at the death in this format. Skill-wise, I don’t think there’s any other team who have got three good fast bowlers in one team,” concluded Nehra.