England tour of India - Cricket: I am extremely happy, says Tinu Yohanan

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2001, 3:59 [IST]
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Kochi: Tinu Yohanan, the shy lanky six-footer, who has made it to the Indian team against England in the first match at Mohali on Wednesday said he was extremely happy to be making his debut in the national team.Tinu told reporters at his residence Kochi that his selection to the National team was no surprise for him and that he expected it. Twenty two year old Tinu, who is the son of the legendary long-jumper and Asian games gold medal winner T C Yohanan is the first Kerala cricketer to find a place in the national team.An ecstatic T C Yohanan said his joy at his son's selection in the Indian Team was far greater than when he had won gold for India in the Asian Games. Born on February 18, 1979 at Quilon, Tinu studied in Ernakulam. He is a MRF Pace Foundation bowler who first played junior cricket in 1997. Tinu who began playing Ranji matches since 1999, had so far played six Ranji matches for Kerala. He had so far claimed nine wickets in the Ranji matches with six for 117 against Andhra Pradesh being his best performance. Another Keralite C K Bhaskar had been in the Indian Team, which played against Ceylon in 1965. But this was an unofficial Test match. Two other players have also found a place in the Indian Team in the under 19 category. While M Suresh had played in the under 19 category in 1991, Sreekumaran Nair was the member of Indian team in the Junior World Cup Championship in 1998. PTI

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