Confident Mandeep wants to make most of the chances
Along with Mandeep, Punjab's Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Rahul Sharma have also been selected in the India probables list for the T-20 World Cup
Finally, Punjab's swashbuckling cricketer Mandeep Singh's efforts have been rewarded by the national selectors, as he has been included in the 30 probables for the upcoming T-20 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka.Although, he is yet to play even for the India A team despite good performances at the domestic circuit, the Jalandhar born batsman makes the list along with Punjab's Rahul Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh and this proves that the selectors see in Mandeep good future.
Speaking to Sportline from Jalandhar, the 20-year-old Mandeep said, "I have been waiting for this opportunity for a while now. It is nice that it has come at the right time. Good thing for me will be that Bhajji paaji, Yuvi paaji and Rahul will be with me during the camp. I really look upto Bhajji and Yuvi paaji. It was disappointing not to have made to the India A team for the West Indies tour after the IPL but I am happy that I have been given an opportunity to be in the Indian camp for the T-20 World Cup. I had been patient and working hard on my game. If given a chance, I would do my best in the national team jersey."
Seeing his calibre and potential it won't be justified if Mandeep is bracketed in the T-20 or ODI format of the game only as he has had success in the longer version of the game as well. With a few centuries under his belt in the Ranji Trophy for Punjab, Mandeep has shown great temperament and application in difficult situations."I like to play according to different situations. It is not that I am more comforatble in playing in the shorter version or the longer version. I enjoy each form of the game. Vikram Rathore paaji (Punjab coach) has helped evolve as a cricketer. I have been working on my shortcomings with Rathore paaji's inputs. He has been supporting and guiding me throughout the domestic and IPL season. Making to the Indian team will be like a dream coming true." Mandeep considers Rathore as his mentor and has played 13 first-class matches for Punjab and North Zone, scoring 1074 runs at an average of 63. He had a successful IPL 2012 for Kings XI Punjab, finishing the season as the tenth-highest run-scorer, with 432 runs at a strike rate of 126.
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