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‘He won’t be in India XI because of Rahul, Gill, but I promise…’: DK’s big claim | Cricket

In the days of hard-hitting T20 cricket, with success rates questioned even in red-ball cricket, Abhimanyu Easwaran is one of the old school. He doesn’t play in the IPL, doesn’t even sign up for the auctions and instead focuses on domestic cricket. The longer the format, the better it gets. He has been following the same routine for more than four to five years and it is finally paying off. The lead-off batsman has been selected in India’s squad for the first Test of the series after captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out with a dislocated thumb. Chances are that Easwaran will stay with the test team for the second test too, unless Rohit miraculously recovers faster than expected.

The talented right-hander may not get a chance to break into the XI as deputy captain KL Rahul and Shubman Gill will be the preferred picks, but veteran Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik believes Easwaran is someone who ‘bangs on the doors’ very loudly and will get its chance sooner rather than later.

“Abhimanyu Easwaran has been around the track for a while, has done a very good job and is now getting his chance rightly. He may not play in the XI because of KL Rahul and Shubman Gill…they will open for sure. I can promise you are another man who is constantly banging on the door.He has been a very good servant for Bengal for the last four or five seasons.His father is one who has a fantastic property in Dehradun,have fond memories of going there.That boy is someone who has worked so hard, I’ve seen him, I’ve played with him, practiced with him. I’ve seen how hard he works,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz ahead of the first test match against Bangladesh in Chattogram that starts on Wednesday.

Easwaran literally forced the selectors to take note of him with back-to-back hundreds in the two unofficial four-day test matches against Bangladesh A. The Bangladesh captain who led India A scored 299 points in two matches to move forward coming in as the best run-getter and was naturally considered ahead of the more experienced Mayank Agarwal as Rohit’s replacement.

Easwaran was not the only one to get a chance in the Bangladesh series after doing well for India A and domestic cricket. Left arm spinner Saurabh Kumar and veteran Jaydev Unadkat were also added to the Indian squad after years of hard yards in first-class cricket. Karthik praised the selectors for giving importance to domestic performances.

“I thank the selectors for putting a lot of time into these performances that happen in domestic cricket because sometimes it can go unnoticed, it’s good to see them noticed,” he said.


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