Harmeet in Rest of India team as U-19 boys face senior test
Since India's triumph in the Under-19 World Cup last month, discussion has centred around whether the boys are ready to play in the big league. Senior cricketers like Ian Chappell have observed that some of them are good enough for the senior team. HT reports. The squadscricket Updated: Sep 11, 2012 01:44 IST
Since India's triumph in the Under-19 World Cup last month, discussion has centred around whether the boys are ready to play in the big league. Senior cricketers like Ian Chappell have observed that some of them are good enough for the senior team.
The All India Senior Selection Committee has taken note of the winning show in Australia and picked three from the squad on Monday for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy and the Irani Cup.
Mumbai left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh, in whom Chappell saw shades of Bishan Singh Bedi's game, was selected in the Rest of India squad and in the India 'B' team for the Challenger.
Tamil Nadu all-rounder Baba Aparajith and Punjab medium pacer Sandeep Sharma were also rewarded for their good show and included in India 'B'.
With Jaipur ruled out as the Irani venue after rain damaged the pitch, the season-opener between Rest of India and Ranji champions Rajasthan will be played in Bangalore from September 21 to 25.
The Challenger Trophy will feature Bengal, the 2011-12 Vijay Hazare Trophy winners, India 'A' and India 'B.' It will be played at Rajkot from September 29 to October 2.
"It's more of a mental test for me than physical," said an elated Harmeet. "I am trying to get tips from seniors before the season begins. I will play my natural game and stick to basics."
Aparajith said the last few months have been great for him. "I was not thinking about my selection but now that I have been given a chance, it's a good thing. I am concentrating on improving everyday."
Former India batsman Praveen Amre said: "It's good to see Harmeet getting selected both in the Rest of India and India 'B' teams. This is good opportunity after being a part of the India under-19 team."
Rest of India will be led by Cheteshwar Pujara. Ishant Sharma, on a comeback following ankle surgery, will lead the pace attack which includes Parvinder Awana and Umesh Yadav.
The Irani tie was seen as an ideal opportunity for Sachin Tendulkar to get back into groove at the start of the season, but the senior batsman was not named in the Rest line-up.