Vessels helped Gony scale new heights

Published: Saturday, June 7, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Punjab paceman Manpreet Singh Gony, who got selectors' nod to replace injured paceman Sreesanth for the forthcoming tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh, said the suggestions given by Kepler Vessels, his IPL team Chennai Super Kings coach, helped him to make an impact in the just concluded Twenty20 tournament.

"IPL has given me great exposure. You rarely get a chance to bowl to so many world class batsmen and this experience has made me a better bowler. Kepler Wessels made a slight adjustment to my action and it helped me hit the deck harder and bowl at right areas", Gony was quoted as saying by PTI.

"But, I will look to have a fresh start when I bowl in the tri-series, where I will also get opportunity to bowl a longer spell which should help me show my abilities," Gony, who has played just five first class matches, said.

For Gony the national call-up was a dream come true."It is like a dream come true. It was always my dream to play for my country. When I got the call from a BCCI official informing about my selection in the team for the tri-series, my joy knew no bounds," said the 24-year-old right-arm seamer.

The 6'4" tall cricketer from Mohali does not seem to be bothered about pressure of making India debut, though he adds "only pressure on me will be to perform well".

Gony said he was surprised when he was bought in the IPL players' auction by the Chennai Super Kings team owners.

"After an ordinary first class debut, getting the call from an IPL franchise came as a surprise. However, I feel taking eight wickets in two Deodhar Trophy matches for North Zone helped me catch the eye of the team owners. IPL has been a great learning experience for young cricketers like me. Though schedule was hectic, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it," he said.

"My skipper showed great faith in me. He is a real guiding force and all the players enjoyed playing under him. In addition, (South African pacer) Makhaya Ntini used to interact with me regularly and I got the opportunity to talk to many international players which also helped me a lot," he said.


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