IPL 2019: Hyderabad’s Bavanaka Sandeep to attend Mumbai Indians trials
He was one of the shining stars in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season.
Updated - Oct 22, 2018 6:47 pm
Year after year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been credited with bringing scores of talented young cricketers to the fore. Mumbai Indians, in particular, have always seemed to hold the lucky cards when it comes to unearthing future superstars, including the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. This time around, Bavanaka Sandeep is the latest cricketer to be called up by the team for appearing at the trials.
The 26-year old Sandeep has been a predominant face in the domestic circuit, having played extensively in the Ranji Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The left-handed batsman boasts of an average touching 50 in first-class cricket. Sandeep made his Ranji debut back in 2010, with a dazzling century against Jharkhand. He recently has been called up by the Mumbai Indians franchise for trials of the upcoming 2019 season of the IPL.
Bavanaka Sandeep keen on keeping his focus
Speaking to Sportstar ahead of leaving for Mumbai, Bavanaka Sandeep elucidated on how he’s been patient for all this while, in spite of not having made a major breakthrough at the international level. “Frankly, I won’t say I was disappointed when not selected for major events whenever I actually thought I would be there because of my scores. For, if you start thinking on those lines, you will lose your focus,” said Sandeep.
Adding on to his thoughts, Sandeep said, “I believe in the philosophy that if you keep scoring consistently, you will get the big break one day and importantly you should be ready for that big moment. And, so I try to be consistent and wait for that to happen. Now, I am a lot more of a complete player, in a position to play all the strokes with greater freedom and consistency.”
Sandeep, who’ll be attending the Mumbai trials on Monday, credited Ambati Rayudu for having made him a better player. Lauding Rayudu for his positive influence on him, Sandeep commented, “Rayudu bhai has been a sobering influence on me giving invaluable tips. I hope to continue the momentum going with some big scores in the coming season too having done well in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy.”