There have been a lot of topics of discussion among cricket experts since India announced their squad for the remaining three Tests of a five-match series against England. One of the few highlighting picks from the Indian squad was the inclusion of the star domestic pacer from Bengal, Akash Deep.
The right-arm pacer was recently in action for India A against the England Lions in the tour matches. He was one of the standout performers for India A against the Lions, scalping 13 wickets in the 5 innings of the 3 tour matches he played.
With said that, here we’ll have a look at the journey of the 27-year-old pacer from his beginning in cricket to his maiden Test call-up in the Indian squad for the final three Tests of the series.
An amazing journey from Bihar to Bengal
After feeling some restrictions from his father on playing cricket, the Bihar-born pacer moved to Bengal to pursue and live his cricketing dream, where he got support from his uncle; his hard work eventually paid off when he made his debut in domestic cricket for Bengal’s state team in the Indore T20 against Maharashtra in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in March 2019.
Later around the end of 2019, Akash made his first class for the Bengal Ranji Team at the team’s home ground Eden Gardens on December 25, 2019. The 27-year-old has been quite an impressive performer with the ball so far in domestic cricket, especially while playing in First-Class cricket for Bengal.
He has played 29 FC matches for Bengal and scalped 103 wickets in 48 innings of these matches, with a very good average of 23.18. He also has 4 five-wicket hauls and 7 four-wicket hauls, including a 10-wicket haul in a match.
Here’s a look at India’s squad for the remaining 3 Tests against England:
Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul*, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, and Akash Deep.