India did not have a great end to their World Cup 2019 campaign as they suffered a heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals. However, with the World Cup coming to an end, all the teams will now shift focus back to their assignments in the busy ICC calendar. India are all set to travel to West Indies next to play three T20s, three ODIs and two Test matches.
The selectors have already announced the squad which has taken a few fans by surprise. Among the relatively new faces, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s fast bowler Navdeep Saini may finally get the chance to play international cricket after being in and around the squad for some time.
After consistent performances in the Ranji Trophy and IPL 2019, Saini may don the blue jersey against the West Indies and this might prove to be a game-changing move for the Indian side as he is definitely one for the future. However, Saini had to struggle hard before getting to the top.
This article features three things you need to know about the rising pacer.
#3 He used to play matches for ₹200 in his struggling days
It is the dream of every domestic cricketer to play international cricket for his nation. However, the journey to the top is riddled with difficulties. Saini had also faced a lot of problems in his earlier days before finally making it big.
The fast bowler from Delhi shocked the entire world when he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018. He did not get many chances to prove his worth while playing for Delhi Daredevils in the year 2017 but, his selection in RCB’s team proved to be one of the turning points of his career.
Before coming into the spotlight, the pacer, according to the Press Trust of India, used to play tennis-ball cricket in local tournaments in Karnal for just ₹200 per match.