Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who is the only Indian reserve fast bowler for the 2019 World Cup, says he is ready to play for the national side. Saini first staunched into the limelight after an impressive domestic season for Delhi and he has also impressed everyone with hi quick pace in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The uncapped Delhi pacer is the only speedster amongst the standby players with the others being the batsmen duo comprising of Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu. However, Saini will still be going with the Indian team as one of the four net bowlers alongside Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar.
I hope to do well
Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a sensation 10-run jail break victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last night at the Wankhede Stadium. After the game, Saini addressed the media reporters and revealed that he is ready to play for India at the 2019 World Cup in the case of injury to any of the specialist fast bowler. He noted that he will take this high confidence gained from the IPL 2019 performances in to World Cup, if he gets a dream opportunity.
“Absolutely (I’m ready)… The confidence of doing well in IPL will give me a big boost. If I get a chance in World Cup, I hope to do well,” said Navdeep Saini.
Saini mentioned that it is very important to stay focussed while bowling in the nets. He noted that doing well in the nets helps to do much better in the game. He also talked about his father’s learnings and stated that he is putting in that extra effort while bowling in the training sessions as well as in the match.
“We talk during the matches but the most important thing is to pay full attention at the nets. If you do well at the nets, you will do well in a match as well. My dad has always told me to give your 110 per cent effort wherever you play. I’m putting in that extra effort always in practice session and in a match,” he added.
I had a discussion with Dale Steyn
Saini returned with excellent figure of 1 for 31 in a high-scoring encounter last night at the Eden Gardens. Dale Steyn, who was roped in by RCB as replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, also played his first game and delivered an amazing opening spell, grabbing two crucial top-order wickets. Saini stated that he had a discussion with Steyn before the match and the latter also shared some useful insights with him.
“I had a discussion with him on the eve of the match. He just told me to bowl the same way and not try anything different,” Saini concluded.