Watch out for Avesh Khan, a young, hungry paceman who delivers from the top and extracts bounce.
The 20-year-old bowler from Indore has been making some major moves this year. And predictably, he has been in sharp focus.
First he travelled down under as part of the MoU between MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia.
Now, he has been picked in the Board President’s XI for a practice one-day game against the visiting Aussies here on September 14.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity. I am basically a swing bowler, can move it both ways,” said this former India under-19 cricketer to Sportstar on Sunday.
Avesh, who represents Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, was clocked at speeds over 140 kmph during the last IPL when he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The youngster said, “Bowling at the Aussies will be a challenge mentally. They are big players. But the great Glenn McGrath taught be a lot about the mental aspect of bowling at the MRF Pace Foundation.”
M. Senthilnathan, head coach MRF, has spent considerable time with Avesh, honing his skills. He said, “Avesh is a strong boy. He has a semi-side on action. He can hit the pitch hard, achieve lift. He can also bowl a fuller length and swing the ball. And he is sharpish.”
Senthilnathan added: “When he went to Australia as part of the exchange programme, Avesh impressed in a lot of target-based match scenarios with the boys from the Australian cricket academy.”
In fact, the manner in which Avesh was able to adapt and adjust his length to the Australian tracks impressed Senthilnathan.
He said, “Avesh picks up things quickly, his execution levels are pretty good too.”
This Avesh Khan has interesting possibilities, all right.