For Navdeep Saini, the last few months and especially the last one month have been nothing less than a fairytale. Not very long ago, the express pacer from Haryana’s Karnal was even struggling to break into Delhi’s Ranji Team. Fast-forward to 2019 and Saini closely missed out on a World Cup berth. He, however, is one of the five standbys for the marquee event in England and Wales.

But unlike four of the other standbys, Saini will travel to England with the rest of the squad as a net bowler. Saini is one of India’s four net bowlers for the showpiece. It will give Saini a chance to spend time with the quality pacers of the team and the pacer is looking to learn the art of bowling good yorkers from Jasprit Bumrah. The Royal Challengers Bangalore star also wants to learn from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami.

Navdeep Saini (Credits: BCCI)

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“We have spoken briefly in the IPL but not much as we were busy with our respective franchises. Bhuvi bhai’s swing, Bumrah bhai’s yorker and the way Shami bhai seams after pitching on the length are just amazing. I hope I will learn these things from them and become a better bowler,”Saini told PTI during an interview.

Saini finished this year’s IPL with 11 wickets. More than the wickets, it was his pace that impressed all. On the batting friendly pitches, Saini was causing all sorts of trouble for the opposition as he bowled a staggering 141 deliveries.

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Speaking about his experience of playing under Virat Kohli, Saini said:

“It was a great learning experience playing under the Indian captain. He always backed me. He told me never to take any pressure and always keep the intensity high. Give your 110 percent effort. It has become a habit for me now.”

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