<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Mohit Sharma credits Ranji Trophy performances for India call-up" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130419203124.jpg" title="Mohit Sharma credits Ranji Trophy performances for India call-up" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mohit Sharma was considered the 'find of the season' during the Indian Premier League 2013 © PTI</p> </div> <strong>By Kushan Sarkar</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>New Delhi, Jul 5, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> He was touted as the 'find of <a href="/tags/IPL-2013/post" target="_blank">Indian Premier League 2013</a> but 24-year-old <a href="/tags/Mohit-Sharma/post" target="_blank">Mohit Sharma</a> believes that his two seasons of hardwork in the Ranji Trophy has paid dividends rather than his 20 wickets in the cash-rich league.<br /> <br /> "IPL has got me recognition but my 44 wickets in 11 Ranji Trophy matches is the reason that I have received the biggest news in my cricketing career. I owe it to my state Haryana which has given me everything. Had I not done well in Ranji Trophy for two consecutive seasons, I wouldn't have played IPL and not even got selected in the team," an emotional Mohit told <em>PTI</em> on Friday after being selected in the Indian team.<br /> <br /> Mohit attributed his success to the off-season training for Haryana which on his own admission has helped him a lot.<br /> <br /> "Our secretary Aniruddh Chaudhary was instrumental in organizing off-season camps for the Haryana team prior to the start of the last two seasons. I have understood that for a pacer, off-season training is more important which helps you to sustain a long and hard season. It's the off-season where a bowler irons out his flaws," he said.<br /> <br /> "To add to it, Lahli's track is one of the best in India for pace bowling. The infrastructure that Haryana provided us has helped me come so far," he added.<br /> <br /> Ask about his strength, Mohit replies,"My strength is to bowl outswingers consistently and bowling to a channel. That has been key to my success and I will continue doing that."<br /> <br /> The experience of sharing the dressing room with <a href="/tags/MSD/post" target="_blank">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a> has also helped him evolve as a cricketer.<br /> <br /> "Mahi bhai always told me to keep things simple. He is someone who would tell you to keep cool which is key to controlling a particular match situation. He did that by example and that is something that I will like to follow at whichever level of cricket I play," Mohit concluded.