Impressive Wagh takes centrestage

The 22-year-old Wagh impressed with the ball with figures of three for 16 that fetched him the man of the match award against Kings XI Punjab.

“It’s undoubtedly the best day of my life,” Wagh who plays for Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy said from Navi Mumbai.

Interestingly, had India speedster Ashish Nehra not been ruled out of IPL due to a fractured finger, Wagh may have well been warming the bench. But the youngster feels that Nehra’s presence would have helped him learn a few tricks.

“I am really sad that Ashish bhaiya will not be playing. As a left-arm seamer, it would have been nice to get a few tips from one of the best left-arm swing bowler in our country. I am missing him,” Wagh stated.

Wagh dismissed Shaun Marsh, Dinesh Kaarthick and Piyush Chawla in his first match at the big stage.

Incidentally, it was Shaun’s father and Pune Warriors coach Geoff Marsh who complimented the bowler for his effort. “I was overwhelmed when our coach Geoff Marsh congratulated me after the match. He said that I deserved to get a chance and he was confident that I would do well. That’s the best compliment one can get,” said Wagh, who hails from Buldhana district in Maharashtra.

Asked whether he was jittery initially when he was given the new ball, Wagh replied, “I was bowling well during practice and expected a chance. My skipper Yuvraj Singh told me to simply bowl at right areas and forget about the rest. I just followed his instructions.”
Although he has impressed with the new ball, Wagh considers himself to be an all-rounder and is ready to bat at any position. “I have scored a century in Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha and I consider myself as an all-rounder.”

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