Barinder Sran credits Ashish Nehra after recording best T20 haul by Indian debutant

Harare: Following a memorable T20 debut performance, young India seamer Barinder Sran has thanked the tips he received on the art of swing bowling from seniors Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Sran (4/10) returned the best figures by an Indian debutant in T20 internationals, to help the visitors restrict Zimbabwe to a paltry 99/9 and register a 10-wicket victory in the second match on Monday. "I got ideas from Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar about reverse swing and seam position. The main thing is to handle pressure, and the bowler has to read batsmen quickly in T20s, vary the pace and length of the ball," Sran told

 Barinder Sran credits Ashish Nehra after recording best T20 haul by Indian debutant

India's Barinder Sran in action against Zimbabwe. AP

The 23-year-old from Sirsa added, "It's a dream debut, everyone dreams about making their debut unforgettable. Really proud that I achieved the best T20 figures by a debutant."

Sran was delighted to receive his maiden India T20 and ODI caps from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. "It's a big thing to get the ODI and T20 caps from Mahi bhai, even that is like a dream."

Sran was interested in boxing too, initially, but has no regrets about choosing cricket as his profession. "The decision to chose cricket over boxing was taken long time back and I have no regrets. I never thought about boxing after that and it seems like a correct decision. While I was playing for Punjab in first-class cricket, I realised that I was in a stable place. I felt there was not much scope in boxing."

The bowler though still watches boxing on television, especially Vijender Singh's professional bouts. Talking about seam bowling colleagues in India's limited over side, Sran said, "(Jasprit) Bumrah has got a different action, he has the pace. Dhawal bhai also swings the ball and I have an advantage of being a left-armer."

On things he would want to learn from legendary Pakistan left-arm pacer Wasim Akram, Sran said, "Speed, reverse swing, his ideas, his ability to get the ball swinging in and out."

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Updated Date: Jun 21, 2016 16:13:36 IST

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