By CricketCountry Staff
Mohali: May 5, 2012
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) seamer Parvinder Awana, who is among the impressive performers from the Indian domestic circuit in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), thanked Virender Sehwag for showing confidence in him and giving him a chance to play for Delhi's Ranji side.
“I played in the Ranji Trophy in 2007-08. I had performed well in the interim period. I was in the probables [for the Delhi Ranji Trophy team] and when one of our fast-bowlers got injured, I was called to play by Virender Sehwag,” Awana said.
His current form has caught a lot of eyeballs after he picked up nine wickets in six matches at an average of just above 21 in the current IPL.
“I have got the IPL as a reward for my efforts over the last eight-nine years. I waited for four years after becoming a pacer.”
Talking about his good form with the ball, Awana said, “I am enjoying bowling here. I have performed very well in the Ranji Trophy and I have taken good wickets in four-day format as well as the one-day format. I have played a lot at [Feroz Shah] Kotla where the pitch doesn’t have much to offer. There are flat tracks like that in the IPL too.”
Awana added, “I play for ONGC as well, and I have played a lot in the hot summers in other tournaments. And that has helped me play now.”
He also added saying on how persistence is required to keep bowling well on flat tracks, “If one wants to bowl fast, he will regardless of whether the wicket is flat or has grass on it. I think you can bowl well on a flat track as well, because where there is a dry wicket, I bowl with all my strength and hit hard. I do that otherwise too, but I am able to bowl better on flat tracks.”
IPL has made bowlers clever and have added a lot of variations in their repertoire. “If the wicket is helpful, then it is better to focus on the length of the ball. I have seen that as long as I stick to bowling at the right length, it is more effective. If the batsman is hitting you for runs, then you have to vary your deliveries. You can bowl outside the off stump or bouncers,yorkers and slower ones,” he was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
He added, “He gave an opportunity to play, and that was the year we [Delhi] won the Ranji Trophy. So the following year too I got an opportunity and I become the highest wicket-taker for Delhi with 28 wickets from six matches. And then, the year after that, I took 29 wickets. I had a few ups and downs in my fourth season due to injuries. This year, I again had a good season,” Awana said.
Parvinder Awana also credits KXIP bowling coach Joe Dawes for the development in his bowling and being able to understand him. “Sometimes, when I try to put in too much effort, my movement is not right. He then tells me that my movement should go straight. Sometimes you don’t realise [if you are going wrong] when you are putting in too much effort. But he focuses on things and works on it with me. We have been working on my run-up as well, and will continue to do so,” he said.
Unlike a lot of bowlers who have turned to bowling a defensive line in order to not get hit in Twenty20, Awana believes in attacking and picking up wickets. Awana admits, “Sometimes, when I try to put in too much effort, my movement is not right. He then tells me that my movement should go straight. Sometimes you don’t realise [if you are going wrong] when you are putting in too much effort. But he focuses on things and works on it with me. We have been working on my run-up as well, and will continue to do so.”
The current cricket season has turned out to be one of thebest for the Punjab pacer. Howver on being asked how he motivates himself when things don’t go the right way, Awana said, “. We have given our lives to this. My childhood has gone in this. My friend circle is reduced and I am rarely at home. My family also misses me. I am away from home and they too have worked hard for me. I motivate myself looking at them and the effort that they have put in for me and focus on my performance.”
Awana is also ensuring that unlike other fast bowlers in the world who get injured repeatedly, he remains fit. “Last year, I had hurt my ribs while playing against Mumbai [Indians], but I have recovered well and trained. I try and take whatever I can from wherever I can. One team is equivalent to a fast bowler. So the fast bowler will go back from practice and do stretching, sleep early and eat well, and then, train separately for bowling. ” he said.