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Posted at: Jun 12, 2018, 12:57 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2018, 12:57 AM (IST)

Saini replaces injured Shami in Test squad

Gambhir played a big role in my career: Saini

  • Karnal pacer Navdeep Saini had never bowled with a red leather ball until he got a chance to bowl in Delhi’s Ranji team’s nets at the Roshanara cricket ground on a pleasant December morning in 2013. Till then, Saini had only played tennis-ball tournaments to earn pocket money ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 500 per match. He didn’t have any idea about what to do with with the red ball but Gautam Gambhir came to his rescue. “Gautam bhaiya told me ‘jaise tennis-ball se dalta hai, waise hi dal. Koi tension nahi. Baaki sab theek ho jayega’. I did what he told me and today I am here because of him. I don’t know whenever I speak about Gautam, I get emotional,” an elated Saini said. — PTI
Saini replaces injured Shami in Test squad
Afghan player Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman (right) with a teammate in Bengaluru. pti

New Delhi, June 11

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has not been passed fit for Thursday’s Test match against Afghanistan and will be replaced by uncapped paceman Navdeep Saini.

Shami last played for India against South Africa in January before being embroiled in a corruption scandal, which he was cleared of by BCCI in March. The 28-year-old played four matches for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami’s replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Test against Afghanistan,” BCCI said in a press statement.

Shami joins injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on the sidelines as the latter recovers from a thumb injury. Saini has taken 96 wickets in 31 first-class matches and has been impressive for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy tournament. The 25-year-old has also been named in the India A squad that will tour England next month. Following the Afghanistan Test, India begin their tour of England in July with three T20Isand three ODIs before a five-Test series starting in August. — Reuters

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