2 Patiala, Mohali cricketers make it to India A team

Jiwanjot Singh

To play against Australian team in a three-day match in Chennai

Kamaljeet Singh, a former cricketer at the university level, used to dream that one day his son Jiwanjot Singh would don the Indian colours and make him proud. Jiwanjot who scored 995 runs in 10 matches in his debut Ranji season is a step closer to realising his father's dream. The 22-year-old opener from Patiala has been selected in the India 'A' team that would take on the visiting Australian team in a three-day match in Chennai. He not only scored five centuries in his Ranji debut season but also helped Punjab reach the semi-final stage in the coveted tournament.

He got the news of his selection on Tuesday evening when a friend of his sent a congratulatory message on his phone. At that time, Jiwanjot was practising along with his coach and father at the NICS Academy in Patiala, where he learnt his first lessons.

"It is a high point of my life. I had been putting a lot of efforts for two years. It was nice to have scored runs for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. It would have been great if we could play in the final against Mumbai, but nevertheless, we reached the last four," he told Chandigarh Newsline. "And as far as my selection in the India A team is concerned, I still have a long way to go. If I get a chance to open the innings against the Australians, I would be applying all my skills like I did in the Ranji Trophy. They have some remarkable pacers. It would be a great challenge to face them. There are still 15 days to go for the game. I would be training hard for that match as I have to prove myself." The India A team, which takes on Australia in Chennai from February 16 to 18, will be captained by Delhi left-hander Shikhar Dhawan.

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