10 interesting facts you should know about India's new bowling talent Barinder Sran

Sudipta / 20 December 2015

Sandeep Patel leads five members BCCI selectors selected has shown a progressive approach in team selection for Austra tour. A young and experienced balanced teams for five matches ODI and three matches T20 series have been selected.

There is no sign of nepotism like earlier. Four young and raw talents were rewarded for their  hard work and recent eye-catching performances in the domestic league and Indian Premier League. Suresh Raina had to face the reality as selectors dropped him for his demanding form. 25-year-old  Manish Pandey, who made his debut in Zimbabwe this year called back for the series.

Suresh Raina had to face the reality as selectors dropped him for his demanding form. 25-year-old  Manish Pandey, who made his debut in Zimbabwe this year, recalled for the series.

Selectors made it clear they want fresh faces to get rid of the failure in limited over cricket. Three young cricketers Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Barinder Sran and Rishi Dhawan are selected for the ODI team while Hardik Pandya of Baroda, who plays for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians was selected for T20 team. With Asia Cup T20, World T20 at home knocking at the door Pandya’s selection mirrored sectors plan to rack up the team before the two marquee tournaments. While the ODI team is comprised of experienced and fresh faces while the T20 team is purely blending with veteran warriors like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra.

But selectors selected a bowler recommended by the north zone selector and former Punjab coach Vikram Rathour. Barinder Balbirsingh Sran, who will rub shoulders along with Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. His selection came as a surprise to everyone.

Here is what to know about this 23-year-old young pacer.

1)      Barinder Sran was born in a small town of Sisera, Punjab. He lived with his father, who is a farmer in Panniwala-small village in Haryana.

2)      In 2011, he made his first-class debut for Punjab against Orissa in Ranji Trophy. The young 17year old left handed pacer produced an impressive spell as he picked up three wickets in the first innings that followed by four in the second.

3)      He used to play cricket like other Indian boys. Cricket was neither his favourite sports no he wanted to be a cricketer. The farmer’s son follows the tradition of his village. He joined ‘Akhra’ to become a boxer and trained at the famous Bhiwani Boxing Club under trainer Jagdish Singh, who is known for coaching Olympic medalist Vijender Singh.

4)      The village has no idea about Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab. He has seen a newspaper advertisement of Indian Premier League (IPL) Kings XI Punjab’s talent hunt programme that drew Sran’s attention  to cricket. The young pacer went to Mohali for trial. His sharp pace impressed the Punjab selectors. However, Sran was ignored by Kings XI Punjab. But, Punjab state team picked the talented bowler for the 2011 Ranji season.  

5)      By 2015, he met batting legend Rahul Dravid at Rajasthan Royals at the players’ auction for Rs. 10 lakh. “Only Rajasthan can punt the only kind of players,” Sran was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo during IPL 2015. However, he played one game against Kolkata Knight Riders. It is an interesting fact that when most of the players are getting selected for their IPL performance Sran got India call for his domestic performances.



6)      In the 2015-26 Ranji season, Sran cleaned up the Railways team  as he garbbed six wicktes in the first innings after Punjab had posted 604 on the board. Punjab’s skipper Yuvraj Singh immediately too to Twitter saying Sran spell reminded him of young Zaheer Khan.

7)      Sran’s agility helped him to get the decesive form. He picked up 18 wicktes in this years’ Ranji season at an verage of 35.66. He ended up as the second leading wickettaker for Punjab.

8)      Bowling alongside Manpreet Singh Gony and Sandeep is not easy to get recognisation while the formers played for India earlier. But the fastest left arm pacers in the block, Sran impressed slectors during this ongoiung Vijay Hazare Trophy ODI series. He has taken 14 wicktes from six matches so far. As he is slected for India evevrybody loves to see the bowler when Punjab take on Hiamchal Pradesh in the quaterfinal clash on December 23.

9)      Sran injured Australian umpire John Ward when his staright drive hit the former during a  match bdtween Punjab and Tamil Nadu in Dindigul.  The big hearted boy said he wants to pay a visit to the injured umpire during his tour to Australia. “It was a freak accident. If I get an opportunity, I would like to meet him at his home,” Sran was quoted as saying by mid-day.

10)   Sran said that he was happy as he got the opportunity to share the dressing room with India’s most cellebrated cricketers like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli , who have been inspirations for the young pacer.  

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