‘I want to break into the Indian Test team’

Jan 31 2013, 04:41 IST
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SummaryThough Gony has been a regular with Punjab in domestic cricket, an international return has been eluding him since. But after doing well in Ranji matches this season, the 29-year-old has made the cut for the India A team that would play a practice match against the visiting Australian team in Chennai ahead of their Test series

Though Gony has been a regular with Punjab in domestic cricket, an international return has been eluding him since. But after doing well in Ranji matches this season, the 29-year-old has made the cut for the India A team that would play a practice match against the visiting Australian team in Chennai ahead of their Test series

Punjab medium-pacer Manpreet Gony hit the headlines after he made his ODI debut against Hong Kong way back in 2008 (Asia Cup) in Pakistan. He had been selected in the Indian team after he became the highest wicket taker for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the first IPL. Though Gony has been a regular with Punjab in domestic cricket, an international return has been eluding him since. But after doing well in Ranji matches this season, the 29-year-old has made the cut for the India A team that would play a practice match against the visiting Australian team in Chennai ahead of their Test series.

In a chat with Sportline, Gony talks about his conversation with the Indian captain MS Dhoni and bowling coach Joe Dawes recently, how crucial will it be for him to bowl at the Australian batsmen and if there can still be an international return for him.

Excerpts:

You bowled during the nets at the PCA Stadium in Mohali to the Indian batsmen on the eve of the ODI between India and England. In the process one of your deliveries hit Indian captain MS Dhoni's finger. What conversation followed after that?

(Laughs) I was bowling like I bowl usually. After the delivery hit Dhoni's finger, I did apologise to him. He in fact replied saying that it was a good delivery. It was nice catching up with Dhoni Bhai after a long time. He told me to keep bowling like that. During my first IPL stint, he was the one who brought the best out of me.

You had a brief interaction with the Indian bowling coach Joe Dawes also. What did he tell you?

It was an enriching talk with Joe Dawes during the nets. He spoke to me at length about my bowling style. He told me to work on my run-up a bit. I too asked lot of questions on what improvements I should make in my bowling technique.

How do you see this opportunity of playing for the India A team against the Australia team

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