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On song after injury,Narwal hopes to return to Ranji squad

With ONGC reeling at 100 for 4,Sumit Narwal on Sunday once again believed in himself as a potential all-rounder for his club.

Written by Chinmay Brahme | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2012 3:45:50 am

With ONGC reeling at 100 for 4,Sumit Narwal on Sunday once again believed in himself as a potential all-rounder for his club. Having helped bail his side out of danger on many occasions in the past with the bat this time he came to the rescue in the final of the DDCA Hot Weather tournament at the Kotla. The all-rounder who had recovered after a serious shoulder injury,knew that it was one of those occasions worth grabbing and proving his worth as an asset to his team.

Narwal succeeded in his objective,contributing a much needed half century (58) to take his side to 214 after they had opted to bat first. What made the knock even the more special was the fact the way Narwal applied himself and took it on him to pace his innings after the fall of four early wickets. The southpaw who possesses the trait of hitting powerful strokes,entertained the crowd with his trademark pyrotechnics.

Narwal said that playing the Hot Weather tournaments was important in order to get back into rhythm and continue a healthy form. “I missed the entire first class season due to injury. So the DDCA league and all other tournaments were a chance to gain back lost ground,” said Narwal.

The 30-year-old not only batted to perfection but also ensured a promising spell with the ball scalping four wickets giving away 33 runs. When Air India came to bat chasing a modest 214,Narwal posed difficulties with his swing and line to blow the Air India’s top-order away . “It really came off,as I had a good outing with the bat and I transferred the confidence to my bowling,” said Narwal,who was adjudged the man of the match.

Narwal agreed that the time invested in playing club circuit and the Hot Weather Tournaments around the city will help him a lot in his quest to regain his place in the senior Delhi squad for the 2012-13 season . “My goal is to get back in the Ranji team and this was the best way in which I could have gotten noticed,” he added.

Playing regularly for an employer company isn’t a priority for many,but,turning out for ONGC has always been Narwal’s commitment. “I received a lot of support from ONGC when I was starting out,they helped me during my struggle and I have never had second thoughts when it comes to playing for them,” said Narwal.

And since the season culminated with the final of the Hot Weather Tournament,Narwal said he deserves some time off. Narwal said that once he recuperates during his short break,he is looking forward to train hard to keep himself ready and fit for selection to the Ranji team.

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