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Pacer Barinder Sran, in comeback mode, impresses MS Dhoni at India nets

Barinder Sran, who has played six ODIs and two T20Is for India in 2016, has been out of the Indian cricket team reckoning due to injuries. He bowled at the India nets in Mohali ahead of the second ODI vs Sri Lanka cricket team

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 12, 2017 21:26 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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Barinder Sran gets ready to bowl at the Indian cricket team nets in Mohali on Tuesday, a day before the second ODI against Sri Lanka cricket team.(HT Photo)

While the Indian cricket team is brimming with young fast bowlers, who will prove to be a big asset during overseas tours, the search for a good left-arm seamer is still on.

It could well be a coincidence, but Barinder Sran, the lanky pacer, was one of the bowlers called in for the Indian team nets in Mohali on Tuesday.

The left-arm pacer from Mohali played six ODIs and two T20Is for India in 2016. Though njuries have kept him subdued and out of the Indian team reckoning since then, Barinder felt good after bowling to the batsmen in the nets.

It was Ravi Shastri who asked for Sran to be called in, asking the pacer’s Punjab teammate, Siddharth Kaul, who’s in the Indian squad for the ODI series, to contact him.

Former India captain MS Dhoni was thrilled to see Sran bowl at him during the nets.

“Mahi Bhai played well against Sri Lanka in Dharamshala. He was not defensive but watchful. It was exciting to bowl at him in the nets. I mixed up my deliveries and bowled with variations,” said Sran, whose day was made when Dhoni gave him a compliment.

“Knee and shoulder Injuries have affected my career. The recovery is a bit slow in such injuries. Mahi Bhai was impressed with the way I bowled to him,” said Sran, who, at one point, was touted to be the natural replacement for Zaheer Khan.

“Shastri Sir also enquired about my stint with Punjab this season. I could play just three matches in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. Now my focus is on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mustaq Ali Tournament. A comeback to the Indian team is on my mind,” said the 25-year-old speedster, who bowled extensively to Manish Pandey as well in the nets.

“The Sri Lankan pacers used the conditions to their advantage in Dharamshala. The team bowling first had the advantage and put pressure on the batting side,” said Sran, who made his ODI debut in 2016 against Australia in Perth.

“Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews bowled accurately and kept it simple in the favourable conditions to put India on back foot,” added the pacer. “The Mohali ground will also have similar conditions. The team bowling first will definitely have an edge due to the moisture present in the air. The batsmen will have to apply and be watchful. The dew might trouble the bowlers in the evening.”

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 18:53 IST