<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="IPL 2013: Sachin Tendulkar spots talented nets bowler" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130321145559.jpg" title="IPL 2013: Sachin Tendulkar spots talented nets bowler" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sachin Tendulkar was impressed by the pace at which Javed Khan, a net bowler, was bowling during the practice session ahead of the Test match between India and Australia in Delhi © PTI</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Mumbai: Mar 31, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Mumbai-Indians/post" target="_blank">Mumbai Indians</a> senior player <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> spotted a talented net bowler around two-and-a-half weeks ago to hand him a contract with the Mumbai franchise.<br /> <br /> 20-year-old <a href="/tags/Javed-Khan/post" target="_blank">Javed Khan</a>, a net bowler who had never played any age-group cricket now has a chance to play in the upcoming season of the <a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a>.<br /> <br /> Khan grabbed Tendulkar’s attention during a nets session at <a href="/tags/Feroz-Shah-Kotla/post" target="_blank">Feroz Shah Kotla</a> before the final Test between India and Australia. Khan’s pace and bounce surprised <a href="/tags/Suresh-Raina/post" target="_blank">Suresh Raina</a> as he bowled a few vicious bouncers.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar was getting throw-downs in the adjacent net and noticed Khan’s pace. According to Khan, Tendulkar spoke to <a href="/tags/Ajinkya-Rahane/post" target="_blank">Ajinkya Rahane</a> and praised the youngster and his pace.<br /> <br /> After having impressed Tendulkar, Khan went onto catch the attention of Mumbai Indians’ skipper Ricky Ponting and coach John Wright during trials in Mumbai.<br /> <br /> "I bowled with the leather (cricket) ball for the first time when I was about 18, around the time I'd come to Delhi to play cricket. Before that I used to play only with a tennis ball at my home," said Javed, who hails from Gajraula, a dusty UP village near Delhi.<br /> <br /> His father, a retired army hawaldar and currently a physical training teacher laid a lot of emphasis on Khan’s fitness since childhood.<br /> <br /> "He made me do a lot of exe-rcises and running," he said, as reported by <em>Hindustan Times.</em><br /> <br /> Javed played cricket in Shastri Park where his teammates encouraged him to consider cricket seriously.<br /> He was soon spotted by Delhi selectors and <a href="/tags/Chetan-Chauhan/post" target="_blank">Chetan Chauhan</a>, the chairman of selectors, gave him a flat to stay in Saket where he now trains at his academy.<br /> <br /> The news of his brutal pace came to the fore when he injured a member of the Delhi U-25 team with a bouncer that hit him on the head. Javed was however, ruled out of the season due to injuries.<br /> Another opportunity has now come in the form of an IPL contract and he will be keep to make the most of it.