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Sangwan eyes Deodhar stint

cricket Updated: Mar 12, 2008 23:15 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit
Heena Zuni Pandit
Hindustan Times
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HE MAY come across as fast and furious, but people who have seen Pradeep Sangwan in his formative years say he is a quiet and shy boy. The left-arm medium pacer, who was a part of the under-19 World Cup victory, visited his alma mater, Ravindra Public School, to thank his teachers and coaches for grooming him into the player he is today.

Despite his crucial role in the important World Cup league match against South Africa (he scalped five batsmen), Sangwan refused to take credit, saying, "It was a team effort and I just did my job," he told HT.

Expressing happiness over being a part of the Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming Indian Premier League, Sangwan said, "I am delighted and it would be great to play under seniors like Sehwag bhai and others."

Performing well in the upcoming Deodhar Trophy ranks high on the list of priorities. "I am looking forward to it and am into regular fitness and training to ensure I don't get injured."

About his image of being shy and reserved in school, Sangwan smiled. "I played pranks but was never caught because I was always finding an excuse to play cricket." He recounted the instance when he "put his best foot forward" to trip a teammate while celebrating the Cup triumph in Kuala Lumpur.

Though the seamer does not miss school and friends as "I never liked to study and hanging out with friends was not my way of enjoying life", he made a special mention of elder brother Sandeep. "I owe my success to him, who is my friend too."