Navdeep Saini: Being part of India team is a life-changing moment

Saini, who has claimed 18 wickets in the limited-over matches, was included in India’s Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand.

Navdeep Saini bowls during a net session.   -  AFP

Fast bowler Navdeep Saini said representing India was a life-changing moment for him and he would look to continue his dream of playing at the highest level after getting a maiden Test call-up for the two-match series against New Zealand.

The 27-year-old, who has claimed 18 wickets in the limited-over matches he has played so far, was included in India’s Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand.

“I am happy with whatever level I have been able to reach. It’s everyone’s dream to reach this level. It was my dream as well, which has now been fulfilled. I want to carry this further,” Saini told senior pacer Mohammed Shami in a video posted on BCCI.TV.

“When I was selected for the Indian team, it was like a dream come true for me. I started playing at a local level, and then I moved on to Ranji. From there, to become a part of Indian national team, it was a life-changing moment for me.”

Asked how he is helping the budding cricketers, Saini, who made his India debut during the T20I series against the West Indies last year, said, “I help all the budding cricketers in the academy. I have helped a few kids with cricket equipment, spikes, or financial aid. I have seen how important all of this things are for a young cricketer.”

The first Test against New Zealand begins here on February 21.

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