Archive photo of Shahbaz Ahmed.© BCCI/IPL
Shahbaz Ahmed has expressed his joy at getting a first national call-up to India’s ODI series against Zimbabwe. Following his impressive performances for West Bengal in the Ranji Trophy 2022 and for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year’s IPL, the selectors decided to give the player a chance to join the Indian team on its ongoing tour of Zimbabwe. The series has three ODI matches, starting on August 18. It’s worth noting that Shahbaz was previously out of the roster, but Washington Sundar was ruled out of the series due to a shoulder injury and the Bangladeshi all-rounder was roped into the roster. team as a substitute.
“Everyone who plays cricket wants to wear the colors of India. Being called up to the Indian team is a dream come true. When I played for Bengal, I gave everything. The Bengal team believed in me,” Shahbaz said. say by PTI.
“If given the chance, I hope I can win matches for India with my batting and bowling. I hope the team can count on me,” he added.
Although he has made it to the 16-man Indian squad, it will be difficult for Shahbaz to carve a place for himself in the playing eleven with Axar Patel as his main competitor in the role.
The second and third ODIs between India and Zimbabwe will be played on August 20 and 22 respectively.
India squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain) Shikhar Dhawan (Vice Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj and Deepak Chahar.
(with PTI inputs)
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