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Armaan Jaffer, the nephew of one India’s finest former cricketer Wasim Jaffer, is very excited to play for the India U19 in the 2016 ICC U19 World Cup. Armaan said in an interview to CricketNext, “It means a lot to me. Representing the country is in itself a big thing. The feeling of being selected hasn’t sunk in yet. I just can’t wait to don the blue jersey.”
The 17-years old talented batsman also expected to get the chance at earlier in the tri-series. He expressed, “I was expecting my selection in the squad but wasn’t sure of it. I expected it for the tri-series as well because I had scored two double hundreds, but it didn’t happen then. That came as a disappointment for me because I was performing.”
He added, “I didn’t stop the hard work (after missing the two tri-series). I knew it will pay off. I just focused on my game and didn’t lose hope. I wanted to score more and more runs. And at last, I earned a call-up to the Under-19 World Cup. I am really very happy,”
Armaan is the only Mumbai cricketer who got the chance in the U19 squad. He said, “It feels great to be the chosen one. Everyone was working hard for it. It would have been good if some more Mumbai players would have made the cut. But I am happy that my hard work paid off. Players have congratulated me and wished me luck for the tournament.”
Armaan thanked his family and coach along with the god. He said, “World Cup is the biggest stage. I am ready for this. Thanks to god, my family and coach (Vinod Raghavan) for making it possible.”
Armaan also told about the Jharkhand wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan, who has been selected as captain for India U19 in the 2016 U19 WC. Armaan told about Ishan, “He [Ishan] is a good batsman and a wicketkeeper too. I really like his temperament. I have played with him twice – in an under-16 tournament and the recently concluded Under-19 tournament organised by MCA. This will be the first time I will play under his captaincy.”
Armaan is recently in very good form, which was helped him for his selection in the U19 national squad. He said, “I just go with one mindset at the crease – bat for long and score as many runs. I don’t think anything else. I watch every ball as it is the first ball of my innings. That’s it. I have scored good runs recently and am in a good touch too. I would like to continue the same show in the World cup as well. The platform will be different, but I won’t change my style of batting. I want to score as many runs for my team and help it to lift the title.
Armaan also told about his family. He said, “My father is my first coach. He helped me a lot in becoming a cricketer. I am all because of him. He wants to see me shine always. My mother is a house maker. I have a sister who is also a cricketer. She is playing in the Under-19 team for Mumbai.”
The legend Sachin Tendulkar is his favourite cricketer of all-time and he also admires AB de Villiers. He said, “Sachin sir is my all-time favourite and I admire AB de Villiers. AB is an innovative player and can play in any situation. He has the ability to acclimatise to any conditions. He can score a 100-ball 30 if the situation demands and also a 30-ball 100.”
Armaan also said that he is not a tech savvy. He said, “I love to play football. I love music too, and I love cars. I have a big no for Whatsapp, Facebook and mobile phones.”
Armaan also spoke out about his 498-runs knock which had come in the year 2010 for Rizvi Springfield School. He memorised that moment, “I didn’t know about the record until I came back to the pavilion. It was a nice feeling. I departed just 2 runs short of scoring 500 but I was happy with my batting.”
Armaan is very confident that India will perform well in the upcoming U19 WC. He said, “We will be playing in Bangladesh and the conditions will be almost same (as India). We will go in as favourites. I am sure we will lift the World Cup. Our players are in tremendous form and the team is looking good too.”
Armaan concluded with his willing to serve his country as long as possible. He told, “I want to represent India for as long as possible and play as many match-winning knocks for my country.”