IndvsAus: Barinder Sran could prove to be a ‘game changer’: The 15-member ODI squad selected for the series against Australia to be played Down Under includes the name of 23-yeard old, left-arm Punjab medium pacer, Barinder Balbirsingh Sran, who has had a wonderful Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season.
Playing for Punjab in 7 matches (10 innings), Sran has picked up 18 wickets with 6/61 being his best performance in an innings and 6/101, in a match. He has averaged 35.66 with 3.70 economy rate and 57.70 strike rate. He has picked up ‘5-wicket’ haul on one occasion.
Sran also has had a very successful Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015. Playing in all the seven games (seven innings) upto the quarter-final stage, he has picked up 14 wickets, giving away 384 runs in 63.3 overs. His best bowling performance has been 4/60, which he achieved in the match against Rajasthan on 15th December 2015.
The youngster’s domestic performances have definitely attracted the selectors’ attention and he has been picked up as one of the pacers in the Indian ODI squad.
Being in the company of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami, the young Bran would get to learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ at the highest level and might prove to be a lethal weapon in Team India’s possession.
Conditions in Australia might just about be favourable for him and Bharat Arun, Team India bowling coach, might be able to guide and help the youngster who, in his very short cricketing career. has been able to rub shoulders with the ‘who’s who’ of Team India, to settle down and put his best foot forward in the international arena.
It would do a world of good for this youngster’s confidence if he gets the opportunity to play in both practice matches with the Western Australian side at WACA.
He just might prove to be Team India’s game-changer in Australia.