IND vs SL 2017, 1st ODI: I Feel Blessed that I Got This Opportunity – Siddharth Kaul
It took Siddharth Kaul close to a decade to get his maiden India call-up since he played an integral role for India in the victorious Under-19 World Cup in 2008. But not once did he lose heart with the constant rejections and was finally rewarded with a call-up.
But while he says the feeling is indescribable, he is well aware of the fact he is not placed very high in the pecking order. With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami at their disposal, India’s fast-bowling arsenal is stronger than ever.
But the 27-year old is not too bothered about it, and is looking forward to contributing to team’s cause.
“It’s a great feeling, and I can’t describe in words how I felt when I got the call-up during a match,” Kaul told media on Friday (December 8) in Dharamshala.
Siddharth Kaul further revealed the cherished news of inclusion in the Indian squad was given to him during the drinks break when he was bowling against Services in the Ranji Trophy encounter last month.
“I went silent for a while and had goosebumps. I was bowling at the time, and I just kept going at it – running in and bowling,” Kaul said before adding: “It’s a feeling I can’t explain in words. But it’s great and I feel blessed that I got this opportunity.”
The discussion soon turned towards how the Punjab pace spearhead was planning to perform for India. In reply, the right-arm pacer insisted he was not planning to do anything different and would just go with the process he was following in other games. He went on to say the experience of domestic cricket has helped him to learn the tricks on how to bowl on different tracks.
“I’m just going with my [same] process, what I’ve been doing in past domestic seasons, then during IPL … and with the [India] A side. I will keep doing those things. I look forward to seeing what the team demands from me and try to give my best,” he said.
“The experience of domestic cricket – from last five years I have been playing continuously – so that’s also helping in me learn how to bowl in [different] circumstances – flat wickets, green top or if the wicket is helping the spinner. It’s helped my growth,” he added.
Kaul said the love for the game kept him going during tough times.
“I love the game, and I’m passionate about it so that keeps me motivated to give it my all till I can to this game. The fitness is also very important, and I kept working on it. My performances in the domestic circuit also gave me a boost because as long as you keep going out there and performing for your team, you feel good and ready to grab the chance whenever it comes,” he said.
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