Gautam Gambhir is perhaps in one of his best moods these days as Navdeep Saini – who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket – has made it to the national squad for the one-off test against Afghanistan.
Navdeep, a fast-bowler from Haryana, was a newbie in 2013. Owing to his bowling skills the then Delhi skipper, Gambhir, was adamant on having him in his team. However, since Navdeep was an ‘outsider’, the then Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) members Chetan Chauhan and Bishn Singh Bedi opposed the pacer’s selection.
And now when the fast bowler’s selection has been confirmed (in place of injured Mohammad Shami) in the national squad, Gautam Gambhir took to twitter to taunt the former cricketers who objected to Saini’s selection in the domestic squad 5 years ago:
Given below are a few things about Navdeep Saini that all cricket fans should know:
- During the initial years, Navdeep played only tennis-ball cricket tournaments which not only helped him form a strong foundation but also allowed him to make some pocket money in the range of INR 250-500 per match.
- Stars turned in his favour one fine day when he bowled to Gautam Gambhir in the nets. A 15-minute bowling session with the former Indian opener was enough to convince him about the aspiring cricketer’s talent.
- Since Navdeep Saini hailed from Haryana and had not represented any local Delhi Club, his inclusion in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy Delhi squad by Gautam Gambhir created a huge controversy among the selectors who termed Saini as an ‘outsider’.
- Some reports claim that his father is an auto-rickshaw driver in Karnal. However, we at VeryShortNews couldn’t verify this fact.
- In his debut Ranji season (2013-14), he managed to get only 2 games. Furthermore, injuries were a concern in the early part of his career. In the year 2017, Saini was picked for the India A squad for the tour of South Africa and he was also part of the ‘A’ squad that hosted New Zealand.
- His best performance, to date, came in the semi-final of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy against Bengal, wherein he took 3 for 55 in the 1st innings, and 4 for 35 in the 2nd innings to send Bengal home at mere 86, giving Delhi an innings victory. Also, he took 5 for 135 in the final, but Delhi failed to beat Vidarbha and his performance went in vain.
- He was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the 2018 edition of IPL. However, he didn’t get to play even a single game.