Rahul Sharma hopes to earn India jersey

Published: Saturday, May 7, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Rahul Sharma hopes to earn India jersey

Sharma has been a revelation in the IPL as he emerged as the most economical bowler and earned praised from one of the greatest batsmen of the game --Sachin Tendulkar.

Sharma gave away just seven runs in his four overs while playing against Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians.

"My dream has always been to play for India and wear the blue jersey. Tendulkar told me that I am bowling at my best. It is the best compliment any player can get," Sharma told PTI.

The 24-year-old said IPL is a great platform for players like him to showcase their skills at a big stage, where young domestic players were able to rub shoulders with established international stars.

"IPL is a boon for young talent. It''s a big tournament happening at huge scale, attracting wide audiences. One who performs will be spotted," Sharma said.

Pune, led by Yuvraj Singh, will play their next match against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Sunday.

He said that he had learnt a lot by playing in the cash-rich league, which would help him in future as well.

He also thanked the owners and the team management for posing faith in him.

"I want to thank (Sahara group chief) Subrata Roy, my captain Yuvraj Singh, (Pune coach) Geoff Marsh.

Praveen Amre have also helped me a lot, especially giving me bowling tips," said Sharma, who idolises former India leg spinner, Anil Kumble.


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