‘I was not even in the Ranji team, Chetan sir called and informed me about the selection…’ Power hitter told – how did you get the chance?


Now 3 T20 series will be played between India and New Zealand
A dashing wicketkeeper has been selected in the Indian team

New Delhi. T20 World Cup is to be played next year. BCCI has started working on a plan to win the tournament on the basis of young players. For this reason, the youth are being given a chance. Jitesh Sharma is one such player. Who plays domestic cricket from Vidarbha and has also been included in the Indian team for the 3 T20 series against New Zealand starting on 27 January. The interesting thing is that Jitesh was not even in Ranji Trophy and suddenly he got a call from Chief Selector Chetan Sharma and he informed about his selection in Team India.

Jitesh made his List-A debut in 2014 and scored a century in his third match against Uttar Pradesh. Then UP was captained by Piyush Chawla. His fiery batting in the top order caught the attention of IPL franchises and in 2017 he was picked by Mumbai Indians. But, Jitesh did not get a chance to play for Mumbai. Later he was released. After this, he played the role of finisher in the 2021-22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He hit the maximum number of 19 sixes in the tournament.

After this, Jitesh got the support of Punjab Kings and he made his IPL debut for this team. Last year, he scored runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 163. Now he has got a chance against New Zealand.

I was informed about my selection in the team by Chetan sir: Jitesh
In an interview given to Hindustan Times, Jitesh talked about selection in Team India, cricket career. He said, ‘I did not know that there would be a call regarding the selection. I didn’t expect this. I was preparing for IPL. Because I was not in the Ranji Trophy team. That’s why I was working on my fitness. Suddenly I got a call from Chetan sir. He said that you have been selected for the remaining 2 matches against Sri Lanka. I didn’t even get a chance to celebrate it. Because I had to reach Pune immediately. Please tell that Jitesh was selected in the team as a replacement for the injured Sanju Samson.

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Jitesh has also been retained in the Indian team for the T20 series against New Zealand. Regarding this, he said, ‘Now when I enter the dressing room, I feel strong. Yeh India ka call mila hai means (I have got India call-up) I am a strong person to handle this responsibility. I don’t not feel any extra pressure.

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