IPL 2021 provided him a lot of confidence, says Avesh Khan

New Delhi: Pace bowler Avesh Khan included as stand-by in the India squad for the Test tour of England, says his performance in this season’ Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided him a lot of confidence.

“I played all the matches [for Delhi Capitals] this time, so I was definitely feeling very confident. I bowled very well. The team also won matches. We were at the top of the table so I was feeling very confident,” Khan, who picked 14 wickets in eight matches, told IANS.

Khan took 28 wickets in five Ranji Trophy matches in the 2019-20 season. This season’s tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19.

“I got responsibility and I utilised it very well. I bowled at every stage – with the new ball, middle-overs and death overs. The team’s coaches and captain gave me lot of confidence so whatever situation I got I did really well every time,” said Avesh.

“Confidence in IPL helps. If you do well there, your confidence goes up. Focus improves and importantly, you learn to do well under pressure. We get the belief that we can do well at the international level, in Test matches too,” he said.

“I have been doing well in domestic cricket over the past two seasons, but IPL has got me into limelight. In Mushtaq Ali too this year, I have 14 wickets in five matches,” said the tall pace bowler who was picked as a net bowler for the Test series against England.

“DC coach Ricky Ponting asked me to bowl with focus and give 100%. It helped with Rishabh as captain of DC, have played with him before. Whatever mistakes there were in the match, we [Rishabh and Khan] used to discuss after the match,” said the bowler.

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