File photograph of Shahbaz Ahmed.© BCCI/IPL
Shahbaz Ahmed has expressed his delight on getting a maiden nationwide call-up for India’s ODI collection towards Zimbabwe. After his spectacular performances for West Bengal within the Ranji Trophy 2022 and for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL this 12 months, the selectors determined to present the participant an opportunity to affix the Indian group throughout its ongoing tour of Zimbabwe. The collection has three ODI matches, beginning August 18. It’s value noting that Shahbaz was not included into the squad earlier however Washington Sundar bought dominated out of the collection on account of a shoulder ijury damage and the Bengal all-rounder was roped in into the squad as a substitute participant.
“Everybody who plays cricket wants to wear the India colours. Being called up for the Indian team is a dream come true. Whenever I have played for Bengal, I have given my all. The Bengal team believed in me,” Shahbaz was quoted as saying by PTI.
“Given a chance, I hope I can win matches for India with my batting and bowling. I hope the team can bank on me,” he added.
Although he has made it into the 16-member India squad, will probably be troublesome for Shahbaz to make a spot for himself within the taking part in eleven with Axar Patel being his greatest competitor within the position.
The second and third ODIs between India and Zimbabwe will probably be performed on August 20 and 22, respectively.
India squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj and Deepak Chahar.
(With PTI Inputs)
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