Mumbai’s bid to clinch their 41st Ranji Trophy crown, and the first after two seasons,…
MUMBAI:Dhawal Kulkarni made his India debut in 2014. And in the space of two years, the fast bowler has played just eight ODIs and taken 13 wickets. His last appearance in the blue jersey was in Zimbabwe last year, and he is back once again for the same tour.
The 27-year-old Mumbaikar had a more-than-a-decent Indian Premier League for Gujarat Lions and he is eager to prove himself all over again.
Barring skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, rest of the stalwarts have been rested for this not-so-big-tour. But, for the fringe players touring the African nation, it is more than important to make an impact.
Mumbai seamer Kulkarni is one of them. “I keep my mind clear. It is an important tour. I don’t underestimate any opponents and the basic is to go there and perform and put all the hard work and efforts,” Kulkarni told media persons during the pre-departure press conference.
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Kulkarni had a memorable season with Gujarat Lions under captain Suresh Raina, where he finished fourth highest wicket-taker in the league, helping his team make the playoffs. “I think the difference was the number of wickets that I got. The hard work that I have put in before the IPL has paid off. I am very much looking forward to the Zimbabwe tour,” he said.
Known for his never-say-die approach, Kulkarni said his best performance in the IPL 2016 was against RCB. “That spell against RCB for me was very satisfying. I got four wickets, but missed out on a fifer. Though the process was to pick up wicket, you had to keep putting pressure on the opponents against a top side like RCB. I tried to pick up wickets with the new ball which I got,” he said.