Could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for: Navdeep Saini on receiving India cap

An impressive India debut under his belt, fast bowler Navdeep Saini said he could not believe himself when he was handed the India cap to play in the first T20I against the West Indies.

The 26-year-old Saini starred in India’s 4-wicket win by taking three wickets for 17 runs on Saturday. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling display which saw India restrict West Indies to 95 for 9.

India made a heavy weather of the modest run chase before pulling off a 4-wicket win with 2.4 over to spare. ALSO READ: Navdeep Saini’s consistency was the key to his impressive international debut: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

 


“When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for,” Saini told his senior pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an interview posted on BCCI Twitter handle. ALSO READ: Gautam Gambhir takes a dig at Bishan Bedi, Chetan Chauhan as Navdeep Saini debuts for India

Asked about the tatoo on his left hand which depicted a wolf, Saini said, “During my childhood, I and my big brother used to watch a lot of movies on wolves. That is why I have this tatoo.”  ALSO READ: Navdeep Saini is someone who can build a name for himself: Kohli

Saini’s effort coupled with Kumar’s 2/19 was instrumental in India restricting the hosts 95/9 in 20 overs on a tough pitch to bat on, which India chase down with four wickets in hand and 16 balls to spare.

Kumar, during the post-match presser, pointed out Saini’s consistency was the key to his impressive international debut. “He (Saini) bowled really well as everyone has seen,” said Kumar. “ The most important thing is that he proved himself at different stages weather it is domestic cricket, IPL, or India A”.