new Delhi: Due to a groin injury, fast bowler Navdeep Saini could not perform his best in the Brisbane Test against Australia. Still, for fear of not getting a chance to play again on such a big occasion, he bowled 5 overs despite injury on the captain’s request.
After waiting for many years, 28-year-old Saini, who made his Test debut in Australia, said, “Ajinkya Bhaiya asked if I can bowl despite injury, I had to say yes.” When Rishabh Pant scored the winning runs in Gaba, at the other end was Navdeep Saini.
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After taking 4 wickets in his first Test in Sydney, Saini suffered an injury in Australia’s first innings on Gabba and was able to bowl 7.5 overs. The Indian team was already troubled by the fitness problems of the players. Navdeep Saini said, ‘I was fine but suddenly got hurt. I wondered why I got hurt in such an important match when I got a chance to play after so many years.
He said, ‘All I wanted was to be able to play despite the injury. May never get such an opportunity again. Captain Rahane asked if I could play. I was in pain but I said that I will do whatever I can. Now I am recovering and will be fit soon. Saini, who has played 10 T20 and 7 ODIs so far, is not included in the Indian team for the first 2 matches of the Test series starting on February 5 against England.
Asked about the most valuable of his 4 Test wickets, he said, ‘All wickets are special but never forget the first wicket. Until that is found, you keep thinking about the first wicket. It is natural to be thrilled with the bounce on Australian pitches. In such a situation, there is the temptation to bowl short ball but Test cricket is not just that. It has to be performed consistently by keeping restraint.
He said, ‘It is important to be mentally strong for good performance in Australia. They do not give up till the end. The Indian team management was very supportive which included the captain and Rohit Bhaiya. He said that I should bowl as I do in Ranji Trophy.
Talking to Mohammad Siraj, he said, ‘He is one of my best friends. We have played a lot of cricket for India A. We talk a lot about bowling. He was helping me a lot in the first match. After the death of his father, he stopped and showed how strong he is. His achievement is very important for the team.