IPL 2012 May 2, 2012

'I've learnt to take rejections' - Awana

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Delhi medium-pacer Parvinder Awana has said that he's learnt to take the disappointment of being sidelined by selectors in his stride. Awana had failed to make the 15-man India A squad for the Caribbean tour, which begins in Barbados on June 2.

"I have been conditioned in such a way that I have learnt to take rejections. You don't stop working hard because you have been rejected," Awana told PTI. "I have never got anything easily in my life. Even when I have played for Delhi, I treated each match as my last opportunity."

Awana, who impressed with the ball in the domestic season, said that he expected to make the cut for the tour. "Obviously, when you get 57 wickets in the domestic season, you expect a call. I was hurt initially, but this rejection has made me more determined to perform even better in the next domestic season," he said. "I haven't spoken to anyone after the news of the team selection came out. Just spoke to my folks and informed them that I haven't been selected."

Awana, 25, has claimed 110 first-class wickets from 32 matches in his career at an average of 29 and has been very effective for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL so far this season. He is currently their second-highest wicket-taker, with nine wickets from the five matches he has played in. He said that his form in the IPL should have warranted a berth for the West Indies tour. "Everyone has been watching my performance in the IPL. Cricketers like Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey have praised my performance, and that in itself is a huge boost.

"In one of the matches, I clocked 147kph. I have been hitting the late 130's and early 140 quite regularly, which means my rhythm has been good. Gilly [Gilchrist] told me the other day, that I am playing because I deserve to be in the side. Even David [Hussey] has been very supportive and has constantly encouraged me."

Awana's wickets include the prized scalps of Royal Challengers Bangalore's Chris Gayle and Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma. Of the two, he said his trapping of Sharma in Mumbai was more satisfying. "The wicket of Chris Gayle would have been far more satisfying if we had won the match. I gave 17 runs in that over [in which I got] Gayle. Had I given away less than eight runs, we could have won the match," Awana said. "Dismissing Rohit in the match against Mumbai Indians was far more satisfying. My plan worked and I was able to get a dangerous Twenty20 player like him early [and Kings XI went on to win]."

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  • Percy_Fender on May 3, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    How I wish the BCCI will use its clout to get the likes of Awana, Yadav, and Dinda play for counties, They will really come on with that experience.Batsmen like Rahane,Kohli Pujara and Rohit Sharma could also benefit greatly if they play for counties for a couple of seasons. I am not sure Amarnath is being assertive enough as a selector because there are many players who do not seem to be getting noticed.For the many who have criticised R P Singh, I would like to mention that he is basically a good bowler and has decent pace when he bowls to a good rythm like he used to in 2007. Sadly, he lost his way in between then and now. I think he may have benefitted from the presence of Pollock who is the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians. Let us hope he is back to his best in West Indies with the A team because he has everything that a fast bowler needs to be really effective.And i wish he too gets a contract for some county in the UK.

  • on May 2, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    I feel pity for Indian Selectors, it seems they are not selecting team on player's performance. I mean how can a selector neglect a guy like you ( Awana) , i saw your bowling and Bro i must say you the skill to be the spear-head of Indian Bowling attack in future. So dont give up and keep working hard and hope selector's get some brains and stop choosing teams on player's name. New guys like you, Dinda , Umesh will soon get your chance. All the best.

  • on May 2, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Awana, try to bat well when you get a chance. Then your chances will increase. You were not selected for the A tour because either you will play for India or you haven't yet said CSK is the best ;) Maybe you are good and good people don't get 2-million dollar contracts. Only substandard allrounders do...BTW am from Chennai which is in India.

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 2, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    send these guys(umesh aaron awana) to either australia or SA and make them learn how to control their PACE. can indian selection comitte do this one DAMN thing for me Plz.

  • paddas on May 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    can someone tell me wats the team thats selected for india A tour. i couldn't find it anywhere.

  • Romenevans on May 2, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Im impressed with Awana and Veer Pratap Singh from DC, both these guys have good actions and can make it to our ODI squad. They should be taken care of.

  • on May 2, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    RP singh over an youngster like Awana does not make sense

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    We have finally got good bunch of FAST bowlers in form of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim and now Awana. These guys have good speeds but lack wicket taking skills of Morne, Tait, Lee and Akhtar. These boys need to learn to be threatening and consistent at the same moment plus they should take good care of their body and should not turn into another Munaf or Sreesanth. Awana is very raw at present he needs to fine tune his bowling if he wants to be part of Indian side.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Parvinder,

    The next step for you is to be able to seam/swing the bowl in and out from the batsman and do it with a lot of control. You (and Dinda) are being talked of as the pace finds of this IPL and you fully deserve it. I don't know how one goes about getting a contract to play the English county season but maybe other people (like Murali Kartik) can help and see if any county maybe interested in signing you as an overseas recruit. Don't consider the non selection for the India A tour as the end of the opportunities to continue learning and improving and potentially gaining experience on different kinds of conditions.

  • ultimatewarrior on May 2, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    TP sudhindra (highest wicket taker in ranji) has not been selected on tour because of only 1 bad performance in ipl then why awana has been rejected even after good performances in first class as well as in IPL...if u r giving r p singh a second chance (without any performance???) then why r u not trying pragyan ojha who has given a good performance in his last test also....there were far better players available in place of Rahul Sharma, Jalaj Saxena, RP Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshay Darekar, Shami Ahmed.............

  • Percy_Fender on May 3, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    How I wish the BCCI will use its clout to get the likes of Awana, Yadav, and Dinda play for counties, They will really come on with that experience.Batsmen like Rahane,Kohli Pujara and Rohit Sharma could also benefit greatly if they play for counties for a couple of seasons. I am not sure Amarnath is being assertive enough as a selector because there are many players who do not seem to be getting noticed.For the many who have criticised R P Singh, I would like to mention that he is basically a good bowler and has decent pace when he bowls to a good rythm like he used to in 2007. Sadly, he lost his way in between then and now. I think he may have benefitted from the presence of Pollock who is the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians. Let us hope he is back to his best in West Indies with the A team because he has everything that a fast bowler needs to be really effective.And i wish he too gets a contract for some county in the UK.

  • on May 2, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    I feel pity for Indian Selectors, it seems they are not selecting team on player's performance. I mean how can a selector neglect a guy like you ( Awana) , i saw your bowling and Bro i must say you the skill to be the spear-head of Indian Bowling attack in future. So dont give up and keep working hard and hope selector's get some brains and stop choosing teams on player's name. New guys like you, Dinda , Umesh will soon get your chance. All the best.

  • on May 2, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Awana, try to bat well when you get a chance. Then your chances will increase. You were not selected for the A tour because either you will play for India or you haven't yet said CSK is the best ;) Maybe you are good and good people don't get 2-million dollar contracts. Only substandard allrounders do...BTW am from Chennai which is in India.

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 2, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    send these guys(umesh aaron awana) to either australia or SA and make them learn how to control their PACE. can indian selection comitte do this one DAMN thing for me Plz.

  • paddas on May 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    can someone tell me wats the team thats selected for india A tour. i couldn't find it anywhere.

  • Romenevans on May 2, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Im impressed with Awana and Veer Pratap Singh from DC, both these guys have good actions and can make it to our ODI squad. They should be taken care of.

  • on May 2, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    RP singh over an youngster like Awana does not make sense

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    We have finally got good bunch of FAST bowlers in form of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim and now Awana. These guys have good speeds but lack wicket taking skills of Morne, Tait, Lee and Akhtar. These boys need to learn to be threatening and consistent at the same moment plus they should take good care of their body and should not turn into another Munaf or Sreesanth. Awana is very raw at present he needs to fine tune his bowling if he wants to be part of Indian side.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Parvinder,

    The next step for you is to be able to seam/swing the bowl in and out from the batsman and do it with a lot of control. You (and Dinda) are being talked of as the pace finds of this IPL and you fully deserve it. I don't know how one goes about getting a contract to play the English county season but maybe other people (like Murali Kartik) can help and see if any county maybe interested in signing you as an overseas recruit. Don't consider the non selection for the India A tour as the end of the opportunities to continue learning and improving and potentially gaining experience on different kinds of conditions.

  • ultimatewarrior on May 2, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    TP sudhindra (highest wicket taker in ranji) has not been selected on tour because of only 1 bad performance in ipl then why awana has been rejected even after good performances in first class as well as in IPL...if u r giving r p singh a second chance (without any performance???) then why r u not trying pragyan ojha who has given a good performance in his last test also....there were far better players available in place of Rahul Sharma, Jalaj Saxena, RP Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshay Darekar, Shami Ahmed.............

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Awana along with Dinda and Umesh Yadav actually look the best fast bowlers in the country - There is little doubt the selectors hv missed an opportunity.....However with the kind of performance he has shown he is certain to make it not only to the A team but to the India team as well

  • xylo on May 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Yeah, showing some form in IPL definitely warrants a place in the playing XI. Remember Paul Valthaty? Remember Manpreet Gony? And for heavens' sake, what else do you expect your captains Gilchrist and Hussey to say to motivate you - You are here to fill up numbers? By that yardstick, Warne mentally prepared the Rajasthan Royals squad to take on Australia's XI.

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Awana is pacy! If he learns to discipline and vary his pace, line and length - we have an India bowler in him. He stands up there, with Umesh Yadav.

  • hunksurat on May 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I think P Awana is a great bowler in making. What he needs though is to consistently clock 140-145kph. Now I am just putting some thoughts together. We all have seen likes of Dale steyn or Lee or a Malinga or for that matter Morkel bowl. All of them look threatening and almost you expect wicket from them every over. They tend to get their wickets while, I often think some of our bowlers get wickets when batsmen are going after them. May its the way they get trained. But, when they get a chance to play IPL with fast bowling greats they should try an emulate them at least in certain ways. Like try and bowl yorkers consistently or bowl a really good short pitch bowl or a fast incoming delivery...May be one day we will see an Indian version of Allan Donald or Dale steyn ......

  • ar16 on May 2, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath has joined the band of jokers.Let himm learn how to practise what he preached not so long ago.Along with Awana what about Robin Utthappa,Manish Pandey, mandeep Singh all of whom had a stellar season.Is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar by any chance a India prospect?

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    its a pity that our selectors are ignoring such a talent. well be hopeful, you will get a call very soon. a perfect fast bowler you are. pace ,accuracy , movement . and the ability to surprise the batsman. best of luck.

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Boss this is part and parcel of Indian Cricket. The players who deserve to be selected on the merit dont make cut most of the time. Don't let yourself disheartened. You will make into Indian Team one day. Good luck Vishal Gupta

  • SanatAttavar on May 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Life is all about accepting whats dished out and giving it back your best. You are on the right track my friend may GOD be with you. Always remember if you are happy with what you have you shall never be unhappy ever, but if you are not happy with what you have you shall always be unhappy irrespective of what you achieve. While you are happy you must strive to give your best at all points in time and leave the rest to GOD for HE knows whats best for you.

  • on May 2, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Of course! Parvinder has the potential, he just need to be calm and patience. Forget this rejection and be inspire from other players who also got rejections in the beginning and later on proved themselves and ranked among greats. So, keep it up bro!!!

  • satish619chandar on May 2, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Yes he bowled very well in this IPL and has a decent experience as a domestic player.. Hs bowling in recent domestic games looks fine.. But selection in A team is something very different.. People just confuse like "It is for next gen youngsters" or "For the discards to use as platform for comeback" or "Guys in form gets place irrespective of age".. As a promising youngster, i would have picked him and Abu Nechim atleast to get better training facilities to train for atleast a month.. Would have been a cofidence booster too.. As he said, all he need is to consistently perform and make the selector's job tough to reject him..

  • muralikrishna2012 on May 2, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Feel very sad for him, very impressive bowler, maybe he should play for a bigger team in the IPL. The System rots, is he not as good as RP Singh or even Bhuvanesh Kumar. One plays under Sachin and the other under Ganguly.

  • Baundele on May 2, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I am very impressed by his bowling. He has the ability to take wickets. On the negative side, he seems to lack control and consistency. If he focuses on this, corrects the problem, keeps himself motivated and some day gets a test match call, I am sure he will stay there for long.

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  • Baundele on May 2, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I am very impressed by his bowling. He has the ability to take wickets. On the negative side, he seems to lack control and consistency. If he focuses on this, corrects the problem, keeps himself motivated and some day gets a test match call, I am sure he will stay there for long.

  • muralikrishna2012 on May 2, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Feel very sad for him, very impressive bowler, maybe he should play for a bigger team in the IPL. The System rots, is he not as good as RP Singh or even Bhuvanesh Kumar. One plays under Sachin and the other under Ganguly.

  • satish619chandar on May 2, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Yes he bowled very well in this IPL and has a decent experience as a domestic player.. Hs bowling in recent domestic games looks fine.. But selection in A team is something very different.. People just confuse like "It is for next gen youngsters" or "For the discards to use as platform for comeback" or "Guys in form gets place irrespective of age".. As a promising youngster, i would have picked him and Abu Nechim atleast to get better training facilities to train for atleast a month.. Would have been a cofidence booster too.. As he said, all he need is to consistently perform and make the selector's job tough to reject him..

  • on May 2, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Of course! Parvinder has the potential, he just need to be calm and patience. Forget this rejection and be inspire from other players who also got rejections in the beginning and later on proved themselves and ranked among greats. So, keep it up bro!!!

  • SanatAttavar on May 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Life is all about accepting whats dished out and giving it back your best. You are on the right track my friend may GOD be with you. Always remember if you are happy with what you have you shall never be unhappy ever, but if you are not happy with what you have you shall always be unhappy irrespective of what you achieve. While you are happy you must strive to give your best at all points in time and leave the rest to GOD for HE knows whats best for you.

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Boss this is part and parcel of Indian Cricket. The players who deserve to be selected on the merit dont make cut most of the time. Don't let yourself disheartened. You will make into Indian Team one day. Good luck Vishal Gupta

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    its a pity that our selectors are ignoring such a talent. well be hopeful, you will get a call very soon. a perfect fast bowler you are. pace ,accuracy , movement . and the ability to surprise the batsman. best of luck.

  • ar16 on May 2, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath has joined the band of jokers.Let himm learn how to practise what he preached not so long ago.Along with Awana what about Robin Utthappa,Manish Pandey, mandeep Singh all of whom had a stellar season.Is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar by any chance a India prospect?

  • hunksurat on May 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I think P Awana is a great bowler in making. What he needs though is to consistently clock 140-145kph. Now I am just putting some thoughts together. We all have seen likes of Dale steyn or Lee or a Malinga or for that matter Morkel bowl. All of them look threatening and almost you expect wicket from them every over. They tend to get their wickets while, I often think some of our bowlers get wickets when batsmen are going after them. May its the way they get trained. But, when they get a chance to play IPL with fast bowling greats they should try an emulate them at least in certain ways. Like try and bowl yorkers consistently or bowl a really good short pitch bowl or a fast incoming delivery...May be one day we will see an Indian version of Allan Donald or Dale steyn ......

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Awana is pacy! If he learns to discipline and vary his pace, line and length - we have an India bowler in him. He stands up there, with Umesh Yadav.