New Delhi, May 27: It came as a pleasant surprise for Delhi pacer Parwinder Awana, who was earlier ignored from the India A squad for the tour of West Indies, when Chetan Chauhan called up to inform his inclusion in place of injured RP Singh.
"I went numb when I got a call from Chauhan sir informing me about my selection. When I expected it, I wasn't selected and when I wasn't expecting a call-up, it came as a pleasant surprise. Chalo der aaye par durust aaye (Better late than never). Getting to wear an India shirt at any level is a great honour," Awana said on Saturday.
"This year's Ranji Trophy has been the turning point in my career. I was consistent throughout the season and that boosted my confidence during IPL. I wasn't overawed during IPL simply because I was bowling well.
"What IPL gave me was instant recognition. Now people in the streets recognise my face and ask for autographs," the lad Harolla village near Noida, said.
The behaviour of the tracks in the Carribean has seen a drastic change but Awana won't be troubled that the surface will be on the slower side.
"I have grown up bowling at the Kotla which is not known for producing bouncy strips. The important thing is to find the right area on any surface. There are two particular spells I remember. One in the second innings against Baroda and the other when I came back on the second day against East Zone to get six wickets," said the pacer.
Awana is currently concentrating on swing bowling, "I need to work on getting a bit more control over swing. My strength is to hit the deck and move the ball both ways after pitching. But ability to move the ball in the air is something I still need to work upon," he said.
When asked if he is aiming to seal a berth in the World T20 squad, the 25-year-old said he wants to take it "one step at a time".
"Right now, my entire focus would be on series against West Indies 'A'. There is no point looking too far ahead. If I can be consistent and remain injury-free, I would certainly play for the senior team as well," Awana said.