IPL 2012 May 2, 2012

'I've learnt to take rejections' - Awana

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • P Subramani 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • shiva 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.

  • padda 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.

  • Kavin 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.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    RP singh over an youngster like Awana does not make sense

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nilesh on May 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT


    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.

  • vikram 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.............

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