Found my rhythm in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Barinder Sran

Kings XI Punjab’s latest pace recruit Barinder Sran is raring to go for his new team following his recovery from recent injuries. The 25-year-old has played 6 ODIs and 2 T20Is for India, said that he had found his rhythm in cricket after playing the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, hasn’t fixtured in the national team for some time now, which is why he views IPL as the perfect platform for him to make a comeback into the national set-up.

Barinder Sran could have pursued Boxing

Sran, who is a left-arm fast bowler, could have easily been a professional boxer following his training days at Bhiwani Boxing Club, whose founder had trained India’s Olympic medallist Vijender Singh. However, life had other plans for him as he shifted his focus to cricket and made his international debut in January 2016.

Found cricket rhythm in Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament

However, the journey to make a return into the Indian team won’t be an easy for Barinder Sran, given that India already have a set bowling lineup with ample back-up on the bench. But the 25-year-old is banking on his left-arm factor. Speaking recently to Sportstar, he said,

“My advantage is that I am a lefty; of course, I need to perform too.”

“I am satisfied with the auction. If we play in Mohali, it will be an added advantage as it has been my home ground. I was fit before the Ranji Trophy and I played two or three games. But I found my rhythm from Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.”

Barinder Sran was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab but only after a brief bidding war, which raised his price from INR 50 lakhs to INR 2.2 crores.

Barinder has bowling follow-through that is strikingly similar to bowling legend Brett Lee, which has helped him produce some very impressive performances in his short career. In his 1st ODI against Australia in Perth, Sran bowled an excellent spell and finished with the figures of 3/56. And just a few months later, he made his international T20 debut against Zimbabwe and finished with match-winning figures of 4/10.

However, soon after his impressive debut, he suffered a shoulder injury, along with a niggling knock in his right knee. The break from the injury led to a massive break in his international career which was just starting to flourish at that time.

Barinder has been in some great form recently in Ranji Trophy matches but if he has to make a return into the Indian limited over side, he will need to do extremely well in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League.


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