India simply stamped their authority over UAE in their Asia Cup encounter at Mirpur. In the game last evening, Pawan Negi, often termed as an exciting future prospect, made his debut for team India and did reasonably well. Negi bowled economically and grabbed a wicket to make it a memorable debut.
After the game, Negi said that he was indeed nervous, but the seniors in the side calmed him down. “It felt normal when we were in our team meeting and then boarded the bus for the stadium.
But just when we reached close to the ground, I had a bit of butterflies in my stomach. I was about to play my first game and there were a flurry of emotions as I walked into the dressing room. When Ravi Shastri sir gave me the cap and I wore it, it felt really great. All the players came up to me to congratulate and that moment felt really special.”
“The seniors in the side really helped me to calm my nerves and they came up to me to boost my confidence levels,” he said. “The entire team was really supportive and I never felt like I was playing my first match.
“Before walking out to the field, our captain MS Dhoni walked up to me and asked me not to think too much about the fact that I was making my debut. He asked me to relax and treat the game as a normal game and go about things normally.”
Negi also mentioned what skipper MS Dhoni told him during the proceedings. “But once I got a wicket, I got a lot of confidence. MS Dhoni came up to me and told me that I was bowling under pressure. He asked me to loosen up and bowl freely.
That really boosted my confidence and I am glad I could get over that initial phase and comeback with a better show with the ball in the next two overs. A wicket on debut is huge for anyone and I felt really great.”