The BCCI selection committee selected a jumbo squad for ICC WTC final against New Zealand and 5-match test series against England. Two new faces came up in Abhimanyu Easwaran and Arzan Nagwaswalla, a bowler from Gujarat, has been named for the first time. READ MORE Watch: Anderson dismissed Marnus Labuschagne with a peach of a delivery
The Bengal opener has been piling runs in the Ranji Trophy for quite few seasons as he amassed 4,227 runs at a wonderful average of 46.
In January 2021, he was also named as one of five standby players in India’s Test squad for their home series against England.
Easwaran made his first-class debut as an 18-year-old in 2013 and while the talent was always there, it did not manifest in a lot of runs. He was getting the 50s and 60s, he scored fifties in six consecutive games at one point, but the big score somehow always seemed out of his grasp.
His perception towards his temperament changed after his chat with his idol, Rahul Dravid, whom he met when playing for India A. “He helped me realize that I did not need to think of a 100 when I have got my 50. He advised me to think about what to do in the current situation. It is a small thing but it made a big difference,” Abhimanyu Easwaran once told in an exclusive interview.
“I won’t say it is just one thing, a lot of things came together for me. I worked hard with my coach, Apoorva Desai; VVS Laxman being there as a mentor also helped,” he added.
“Since I was a kid, my father took me to several junior tournaments around India as he looked for a perfect set-up to nurture my talent. He felt Bengal had a good system, the association had a lot of tournaments for young guys and that the selection process was a fair one unlike other states,” revealed Easwaran.