Awana happy to shine despite years of neglect

Awana now aims to make the most of his good form and fitness.

New Delhi: THE WAIT for Delhi-lad Parvinder Awana was frustrating.

But when it ended at last, with a one-year contract for the Kings XI Punjab, the medium pacer was more than relieved.

The 25-year-old bowler feels his hard work in domestic tournaments finally bore fruit after the franchises neglected him in previous years, partly due to his fitness issues.

He was part of the Kolkata reserve squad too but not the main squad.

"I tried to get into an IPL team from the first edition itself and was called for trials by the Kolkata Knight Riders as well as Mumbai Indians for the last three years."

"It was frustrating to go for trials and then getting rejected,” Awana told MAIL TODAY.

“Tab koi puchta bhi nahi tha (no one seemed to be bothered then).”

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Awana now aims to make the most of his good form and fitness.

“If now I can’t continue to keep getting regular wickets, then when will it be? Of course, the journey was full of stumbling blocks but now that I am here, I want to continue with the good form,” he said. Awana added that he is generating good pace, which is his strength.

“Swing was never my plus point. I depend on pace however the pitch may be."

"After taking wickets in the last three matches I am feeling more confident,” he said.

“In my first match against Pune Warriors, I couldn’t pick up any wicket, but I conceded only 18 runs in that match. So that has helped my temperament.”

But Awana’s good form has not reflected in his team’s performance which has been inconsistent so far. In nine matches, Kings XI have registered only four wins and are currently placed second-last, ahead of Deccan Chargers.

The Delhi bowler, however, says that the team combination is set and they just need a couple of wins to be in the groove.


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