Indian pace bowler Avesh Khan admitted that he was nervous about his international debut in the third T20 International match against West Indies on Sunday.
After thumping West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series, India handed a similar result to the visitors in the three-match T20I series. India outsmarted the Kieron Pollard-led side in the final T20I by 17 runs on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Every player dreams about playing for the country: Avesh Khan
Avesh, who warmed the bench for the first couple of matches, made his debut in the final T20I. The Madhya Pradesh pacer went expensive as he conceded 42 runs from four overs with his final over going for 14 runs.
Rohit bhai backed me, Rahul sir told me to enjoy the game: Avesh Khan
Avesh said Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid backed him ahead of the game and promised to enhance his performance in the coming matches.
“I felt really good. Every player dreams about playing for the country and that came true for me.
“I enjoyed the match, we won the game so overall it was a good feeling. I will try to excel as much as I can for the country. It was my debut, I was obviously a little nervous.
“Rohit bhai backed me, Rahul sir told me to enjoy the game. We defeated West Indies in both ODI and T20I series, so it is a great feeling,” Avesh told teammate Venkatesh Iyer in a video posted on BCCI.TV.
“I am trying to do the role assigned to me by the management. I am trying to finish the innings off. It is an asset for every captain if he can get two overs out of someone,” he added.
India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I followed by an eight-run win in a nail-biting second match. Suryakumar Yadav was adjudicated as the player of the series for accumulating 107 runs in the series at an average of 53.50, the most from an Indian batter in the series.