England vs West Indies: Spinner Amar Virdi assured of being picked up in hosts' squad for Take a look at collection
He may not have expertise on his aspect however younger off-spinner Amar Virdi stays assured of reducing via the competitors and incomes a spot in England group for the three-Take a look at collection towards the West Indies starting on eight July.
The 21-year-old has featured in solely 23 first-class video games in his profession and should beat extra skilled spinners like Jack Leach, Dom Bess, Matt Parkinson and Moeen Ali to get into the Take a look at squad.
“Clearly I am right here so I wish to be enjoying Take a look at cricket at any time when that comes, so I’ll carry on making an attempt my hardest to ensure that I am enjoying,” the Surrey spinner, who was included in England’s 30-man squad earlier this month, mentioned on Friday.
“I do not actually attempt to impress as such – I wish to do my very own factor and be who I’m. That is what I wish to present individuals and present individuals what I am able to doing, reasonably than doing different issues or attempt to forcefully present my expertise.”
Virdi mentioned he’s focussed on working onerous to get into the squad for the opening Take a look at.
“I positively do wish to be enjoying within the first Take a look at match, or at the least be within the squad. If I did not wish to do this I in all probability should not be right here. I am very pleased with myself that I’ve bought to this stage. The subsequent stage is about pushing for a Take a look at place, so at any time when that does occur I’ll hold working onerous.”
Virdi, who has taken 69 wickets in his 23 top quality matches at a mean of 28.78, says his power lies in his aggression as he’s all the time on the lookout for wickets.
“I feel you have to be aggressive and you have to be trying to take wickets. Perhaps the pitches aren’t all the time going to be suited to you however as a spinner even if you’re trying to hold it tight, my eyes are all the time on taking wickets regardless.
“Clearly being younger, I am nonetheless studying my expertise and getting higher at my expertise, so you’ll bowl the odd free ball otherwise you may not get six balls within the good area. However I feel you will bowl much more wicket-taking deliveries and that is what makes you harmful: when a batsman is aware of that you would be able to get them out on any wicket.”
If he makes it to the squad, Virdi will change into solely the third Sikh to characterize England after Monty Panesar and Ravi Bopara.
He says Panesar has been a job mannequin as he’s additionally state-educated and spent his early life on the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes.
“Rising up I watched Graeme Swann and Monty and that was very inspirational to me. Clearly with Monty as properly as a result of he seems to be similar to me, particularly being from the neighborhood that I’m,” he mentioned.
“We’re in a minority in plenty of industries and to see somebody progressing and doing properly within the discipline you are in actually motivates you and exhibits you that you are able to do it.”