Abhinav labels the unexpected call a ‘pleasant surprise’
Abhinav Mukund is back in the national Test squad after six years. The Tamil Nadu player has been roped in as a third opener in the squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh, starting in Hyderabad from February 9. The last time the left-hander donned the whites was at the Nottingham Test against England in August 2011.
Terming the unexpected call a pleasant surprise, the 27-year-old batsman credited BCCI chief selector M.S.K Prasad, who had told him he had been on the radar. “MSK had a conversation with me during the Ranji Trophy. He told me that I was on their radar. That is about as much as any selector will tell you.
“I will have to give credit to him because I don’t think any national selector has spoken to me before. This selection committee has actually told me that they are keeping a close watch on my performances. I have been working hard and continuing to do the best I can,” said the Tamil Nadu opener.
Abhinav’s sudden call cannot be termed as a surprise if one goes through his recent numbers, as he has had a great domestic season for the local sides he represents. Apart from scoring 849 runs this Ranji season at an average of 65.30, he also impressed when he scored 77 and 169 against the pink ball in the Duleep Trophy at the start of the season when others struggled.
Apart from Abhinav whose inclusion caught the most attention, the selectors also included the fit-again Wriddhiman Saha in place of Parthiv Patel, who played the last three Tests against England. Ajinkya Rahane, Jayant Yadav and Hardik Pandya were also back in the squad led by Virat Kohli.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com