Mumbai: It was a “dream come true” for Saurabh Tiwary when he found that his named featured in the list of the 15-membered squad for the upcoming Asia Cup.
Tiwary, who is currently touring England with the India A squad, said that he was “quite dazed” when he realized that he was named as a replacement of Yuvraj Singh.
“A dream, that of playing for India, is about to come true,” Tiwary told in an interview to an Indian daily newspaper.
“I realise I’ve been selected in place of Yuvraj Singh, so the pressure will be more. I’m confident of being able to perform and (thereby) reducing the pressure,” he added.
After Indian skipper MS Dhoni, Tiwary is the second player from Jharkhand to make it to the India’s national squad, and the JSCA president, Amitabh Choudhary, was happy for the fact.
“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,” Choudhary added.
Tiwary played in the Ranji Trophy tournament for Jharkhand in 2009, where he scored three centuries in five games at an average of 98.83 in the Plate League.
He also proved his mettle during the third season of the IPL where he emerged as a young and dynamic middle-order batsman for Mumbai Indians, hitting 419 runs with three fifties as his team made to the finals of the tournament.