Asia Cup 2010 June 8, 2010

A dream come true for Saurabh Tiwary

Cricinfo staff

Saurabh Tiwary, who is currently touring England with the India A squad, was "quite dazed" when he found he was selected for the Asia Cup.

"A dream, that of playing for India, is about to come true. I realise I've been selected in place of Yuvraj Singh, so the pressure will be more," Tiwary told the Telegraph. "I'm confident of being able to perform and (thereby) reducing the pressure."

Tiwary became the second player from Jharkhand, after India captain MS Dhoni, to break into the national side and the JSCA president, Amitabh Choudhary, was pleased that he made it. "Saurabh had been disappointed at being overlooked for the tri-series in Zimbabwe, even though many seniors had been rested. But, then, it's good that he's made it when the team is almost at full strength. It's so much the better," Choudhary said. "It's a matter of pride that a state which isn't even 10 years old has two players in the India team."

Tiwary served notice in the 2009 Ranji Trophy, where he scored three centuries in five games at an average of 98.83 for Jharkhand in the Plate League. During the third season of the IPL he emerged as the poster-boy of Mumbai Indians' side's young and dynamic middle-order, hitting 419 runs with three fifties as his team made the finals of the tournament.