Avdoot Dandekar selected for Maharashtra group B Ranji team
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was very disappointed and my father had convinced me that I should study engineering rather than play cricket. It was only because I did not secure admission in an engineering college of my choice that I gave cricket another shot," he said.
The 22-year-old, who also doubles up as wicketkeeper and can bowl reasonable medium-pace, is nervous but excited with the Maharashtra call-up.
"Obviously, I am nervous. The Ranji Trophy has some of the best players in the country and I would love to make my mark in this format. Also I have batted on challenging tracks and also for long periods of time this season. Therefore, I am confident that if given a chance, I can show what I am capable of," he said.
Dandekar, who already has 294 runs to his name in C K Nayudu trophy at an average of 58.8, is hoping that he gets to walk out on Saturday morning at the VCA stadium in Nagpur wearing the treasured Maharashtra Ranji cap.