Arshdeep Singh and Harpreet Brar elected to the U23 Indian team against Bangladesh

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's Arshdeep Singh & Harpreet brar They are on a roll. A Kings XI Punjab debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has followed with a selection in the India U-23 team for the five-day series of games against Bangladesh in Raipur as of September 19 for the two left bowlers in the form of their lives.

In the Col Cooch Behar Trophy, the two played pivotal roles, helping Punjab lift the trophy. Arshdeep Singh , 20, who bowls medium pace, grabbed 46 wickets in 10 matches for Punjab U-23 in CK Nayudu Trophy. Spinner Harpreet brar bagged 56 wickets in the 10 matches.

Arshdeep, who stands 6-foot-3-inch tall, told TOI, "It is a big opportunity for me. I am looking to break into the Punjab Ranji trophy team this season. Wahe Guru was kind enough to give me an IPL contract, & now this call up - it has been a great journey so far."

Arshdeep was in the India U-19 squad which won the World Cup by beating Australia by eight wickets in the final at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand in 2018. He has represented Punjab in U-16, U-19 & U-23 & at the senior level in the Vijay Hazare trophy.

The feeling is quite surreal. We all know that the transition from U19 cricket to the national team is not guaranteed even for the most talented junior stars. In India, that road is even more difficult, due to the increased competition, but I am up, said the lanky pacemaker.

On the other hand, Harpreet had a tough journey. He kept slogging for seven years in the Punjab domestic circuit & was continuously rejected by various IPL teams after the trials.

After playing for Punjab U-16, he was consistently ignored by junior selectors. At 23, he played in his first U-23 season, which also was his last. He was then picked up by Kings XI Punjab & now he will be don Indian colours in the U-23 age-group.

I had decided that if I couldn't get into the senior Punjab team or get an IPL contract this year, I would move to my sister in Canada forever. Frustration of Paaji bahut tha (it was extremely frustrating). But fate had some luck in the store for me, Harpreet said.

Harpreet is also very useful with the bat. On his IPL debut, he hit Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada by a six, which caused Danny Morrison excited to comment on the air. Keep that Canadian visa in your purse, young man.

When asked now what is he going to do with the visa, the spinner replied, "Paaji ab bas ghoomne jaunga (I will only go as a tourist.") On his journey, he said "I have always been a positive person. It was a difficult journey for me & my family. Many players go through challenges but the winners keep working hard irrespective of the result."

Harpreet's coach, Bharti Viz, who played 72 first-class matches for Punjab & took 319 wickets, said: "Harpreet is a great prospect. He is training with me since 2010 & if given an opportunity, he can go the distance. He extracts good bounce off the pitch because of his height. He is deceptive in the air & can turn the ball on any pitch. He has a good arm ball & he is a more than a handy batsman. It will be a great platform, where a couple of good performances with the bat or the ball can open doors to the senior state team."

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