Bengal star Abhimanyu Easwaran is hopeful of making his dream debut for Team India soon. The right-handed batsman has been one of the most consistent performers in domestic cricket for years now but is yet to get the coveted India cap.
In the last three years, he has been a regular face in the India A setup. He was recently named in the India A squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa as well. The 28-year-old has already played 88 first-class games and has scored 6500 runs at an average of 47 with the help of 22 centuries and 26 half-centuries.
While he is yet to make his debut for Team India, the selectors have constantly kept him in the loop. In January 2021, Abhimanyu Easwaran was named as one of five standby players in India’s Test squad for their home series against England.
Later in May, he was also named as one of four standby players in India’s Test squad for the final of the inaugural World Test Championship as well as the series against England. Last year, he was also added to the Test squad for the series in Bangladesh as a replacement for captain Rohit Sharma.
Abhimanyu Easwaran’s dream:
In a recent interview with PTI, Abhimanyu Easwaran opened up about his dream of representing Team India in international cricket. The top-order batsman made it clear that the setbacks have not shaken his determination, and he will continue to push forward to realize his dream.
”To play for the country is the ultimate goal of any player who picks up the bat or the ball. People talk about me as an Indian cricketer but I haven’t made my debut yet. I hope that happens soon,” said Abhimanyu Easwaran.
”I have only one dream, that is to play for my country. I will not give up on it that easily. I will keep pushing for it. I will be making sure that I am well prepared for it. I hope that I will play for the country soon,” he added.
He further said that he is hopeful of recovering in time for the games against South Africa A. The right-handed batsman was recently sidelined due to a split webbing.
”I may play the first ‘A’ game in South Africa. The stitches will be cut on the 6th. Then the support staff and the medical team will take a call.
”I have been to South Africa in 2021, so I have a fair idea about the conditions there. I have also worked on my batting according to the pace and bounce in those conditions. So yeah, I am very well-prepared,” said Easwaran.
India A squad for the 1st four-day match:
Sai Sudharsan, Abhimanyu Easwaran*, Devdutt Padikkal, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat (C)(wk), Dhruv Jurel, Shardul Thakur, Pulkit Narang, Sourabh Kumar, Manav Suthar, Prasidh Krishna, Akash Deep, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Tushar Deshpande.
India Inter-squad three-day match:
Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Abhimanyu Easwaran*, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, KS Bharat (wk), Dhruv Jurel (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pulkit Narang, Harshit Rana, Shardul Thakur, Sourabh Kumar, Manav Suthar, Prasidh Krishna, Akash Deep, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini.
India A squad for 3rd four-day match:
Sai Sudharsan, Abhimanyu Easwaran*, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, KS Bharat (C)(wk), Dhruv Jurel (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Harshit Rana, Kuldeep Yadav, Manav Suthar, Akash Deep, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Navdeep Saini.