From making an impressive debut in Australia this year to remain completely out of action thereafter before playing a vital role for his team in IPL,Barinder Sran has seen a lot of up and downs in his short stint at the highest level of the game.
Sran took three wickets on his debut but was dropped later after some ordinary performances in the next couple of games.
Hailed as the next Zaheer Khan by his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Yuvraj Singh,Young left-arm pacer Barinder Sran, who has been picked for the Zimbabwe tour is expecting to make the most of the second chance.
A shoulder injury forced the pacer to have a month-long rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy .But leaving behind all the setbacks, the left-arm pacer gave an inspired performance for his team in the IPL. The good showing in the IPL was rewarded by a place in the Indian squad for the Zimbabwe tour.
Talking about his performance in IPL, the young pacer said that after Ashish Nehra was ruled out of the IPL following an injury, he had to take the responsibility to get important breakthroughs or his team and one can say that he did his job quite brilliantly.He picked 14 wickets in as many matches.
“The IPL great for me and my team. After Ashish Nehra got injured, the responsibility was on me to give critical breakthroughs to the team,” Sran told Hindustan Times.
Out of his 14 wickets, Virat Kohli’s wicket in the IPL final was the most important for his team.Chasing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 208 in the final, Royal Challengers Bangalore were in a comfortable position at 140 for 1 in the 13 over. But then Sran dismissed the in-form Kohli which helped his team to make an outstanding comeback and eventually win the final by 8 runs. Following the dismissal the pacer received compliments from his skipper David Warner.
“I will never forget how our captain David Warner ran up to me when I had bowled Virat Kohli in the final. He said, ‘mate you have won us the Cup’.”
The pacer also said that he was expecting to put up a good performance in Zimbabwe just like IPL.
“As I was coming off a shoulder injury, I was a bit worried. But after a couple of games, I settled in. The management (which paid Rs 1.2 crore for him) said I had stepped up after Nehra pulled out due to injury. I am happy I didn’t let them down. I hope, in Zimbabwe, I can bowl just the way I did on my India debut in Australia,” said the 23-year old, who incidentally was training to be a boxer in his schooldays.
Sran stresses fast bowling is all about the rhythm and having bowled so much during the IPL will be an advantage ahead of the Zimbabwe tour.The pacer said that he would try his best to make this chance count.
“The pitches in Zimbabwe will be soft and I will have to adjust my length. I can’t let this chance go,” he signed off. India play three ODIs and three T20Is in Harare between June 11 and 22.
Sran, who idolises legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram, added that he has taken a few tips from the Sultan of Swing.
India play three ODIs and three T20Is in Harare between June 11 and 22.