Indore: Fast bowler Avesh Khan, who was named in the Indian T20 squad for the three-match series against New Zealand, said on Wednesday that his dream of representing the country has finally come true.
Khan, who returned to Indore on Wednesday morning after three months in various competitions, has received an influx of relatives, acquaintances and fans congratulating him on his selection in the Indian team. During this, his family members were seen celebrating happiness by feeding sweets and fireworks to the visitors.
My dream has come true – Avesh Khan
Amidst the celebration, Khan told PTI, “It is the dream of every cricketer to play for his country and he works hard to make that dream a reality. This dream of mine has now come true.” Khan said that he had done well in the previous domestic competitions and the IPL, which helped him earn a place in the Indian team.
The 24-year-old fast bowler credited his achievement to former cricketers like Amay Khurasia, Chandrakant Pandit, Devendra Bundela and Abbas Ali who recognized his potential and nurtured it through guidance. Khan said that he was fond of playing cricket since childhood. And he wanted to become a professional cricketer.
Aashiq Khan, the fast bowler’s father, remembers how his son’s dreams took wings. He told, “My son first joined Indore Colts Cricket Club. Then Amay Khurasia, recognizing his talent, selected him for training in his cricket academy. After that he didn’t look back. Along with Avesh Khan, Indore all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer (26) has also made it to the Indian T20 squad for the three-match series against New Zealand.The selection of both the players has created an atmosphere of celebration among the local cricket fans.
Venkatesh Iyer was sure that not only IPL, but first-class cricket will also get Team India’s jersey
The number of all-rounders who have made a name for themselves in the Indian cricket world is not huge and Venkatesh Iyer, who has made a place in the national team, knows that both aspects of the game have to be taken care of if he is to maintain his importance. After a good run in the IPL, the 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh has found a place in the Indian T20 squad for the three-match home series against New Zealand starting November 17, and he knows the future will be there for him (workload management). ) Managing the workload will be an important aspect.
Iyer, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, told PTI, “So far the workload management has been good. I am an all-rounder so I have to pay equal attention to both the aspects of the game. This is what I have been doing since playing at the state level in age-group tournaments. Till now it has not been a big issue for me.
The focus is on becoming an all-rounder
Iyer wants to showcase his skills in different formats. “I have always worked hard on my game of red ball and it has been my endeavor not to be limited to just one skill,” he said. Iyer said, ‘If you have to play for India, you have to perform consistently well in all formats and that is why I have worked a lot on both the departments of my game. The more work I have done on my batting, the more Have done the job with my own bowling too.
370 runs scored in IPL 2021
Apart from scoring 370 runs for the Knight Riders in the IPL, Iyer also took three wickets to make him into the race for a place in the national team. He is being considered as a replacement for Hardik Pandya who is not fit to bowl. Iyer, who took seven wickets apart from hitting six half-centuries for Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, said it was not the IPL alone that helped him get to this point.
He said, ‘I would like to say that it was not just the IPL that gave me confidence that I will represent the country. Whenever I used to play Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali for my state Madhya Pradesh I always knew that if I continue to do well in domestic cricket then one day I will play for India. I always believed this.’
Confidence was due to performance in domestic cricket
Hailing from Indore, Iyer’s talent was recognized by local coach Dinesh Sharma and hone his skills. Iyer continued to perform well and was also given the command of the state’s U-23 team. Iyer was in a Delhi hotel when his Madhya Pradesh teammate Avesh Khan informed him about himself and his selection in the national team. Iyer said, ‘We had a match (against Kerala) and Avesh came to my room and told that both of us have been selected. Of course, there can be no better feeling than this.
Venkatesh is MBA and CA
Iyer said that he was working towards making his dream a reality and he did not think that it would come true so soon. Iyer, who holds an MBA degree in finance, was once offered a job by the multinational company Deloitte but after encouragement from his parents, he continued to play cricket. Apart from this, he has also passed the Foundation and Inter level examination of Chartered Accountancy.(Language)