Pawan Negi of CSK must be a very happy man today. And why not, it is like a dream come true. Just imagine – 5 crucial wickets, that too in the finals of CL T20. What is more important is that he gave just 22 runs for his effort. This certainly reflects his control, not only over the ball, but on his nerves as well. This fellow is truly a down to earth man, as during a short chat after the first innings, he simply stated that he bowled slower deliveries and got advantage of the spin. He admitted that after judging the response of the pitch, he decided not to put thrust on speed and instead the turning impact was there to be utilized.

Pawan Negi belongs to Delhi and lives in a government accommodation in south Delhi allotted to his father who is a section officer in a government department. He was given chance to play in the IPL but he could not do much. He is a tall young bowler who is a keen learner and has a tendency to never give up.

In fact, his sister is also a cricketer who plays for Delhi and is currently working in Northern Railways. I happen to know her personally and she used to tell me that Pawan is a man of few words. He is a very hard working and dedicated player, always eager to deliver. He is so committed that for the last two years he could not appear for his class XII examination. Cricket has always been his priority and his family gave him full support from day one. In turn, Pawan encourages his sister to become a cricketer and personally monitored her grooming. Let us have a quick look on his profile.

Young Pawan Negi was born in Delhi on January 6 1993. He is 21 years of age and a slow left arm orthodox bowler. He is a left-handed batsman. He has played for Air India, Delhi Daredevils and is currently playing for Chennai Super Kings. He had his first class debut while playing for Delhi in November 2011 and List A debut in March 2012 representing Delhi. He got a break in T20 matches in October 2011.

 Negi got the attention of one and all while playing in the semi finals against Kings XI Punjab when he took 2 wickets for 28 runs. But a whopping six which came out of his bat drew attention of the fans in the same match. In fact, his batting stats of first class matches clearly indicate his potential for batting as well. He has scored 54 runs in 2 matches (3 innings) and carries a decent average of 27.

This is too early to predict anything but he has shown his spark today and the credit definitely goes to captain MS Dhoni for providing him with a valuable opportunity. Best wishes boy, you have got a glittering career waiting ahead. Just keep the things simple and stay focused.

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