Tushar Deshpande Eyes India Call-Up After Impressive Performances

Tushar Deshpande Eyes India Call-Up After Impressive Performances

Tushar Deshpande, the Mumbai pacer, has set his sights on earning an India call-up after a string of impressive performances across formats. The 27-year-old has been a key strike bowler for Mumbai since making his Ranji Trophy debut in 2016-17, and his recent performances have caught the attention of national selectors.

Deshpande’s breakthrough season came in 2023, when he finished as the Chennai Super Kings’ highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His ability to consistently clock speeds of 140-plus and take crucial wickets has made him a valuable asset for both Mumbai and the Super Kings.

In the ongoing Ranji Trophy final against Vidarbha, Deshpande has once again been in top form. He has taken three wickets in the first innings and scored a crucial 26 in the second innings, helping Mumbai to a strong position.

“I think I am ready for an India call-up,” Deshpande said ahead of the Ranji final. “If you look at the overall season, be it one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy) or Ranji, I have been delivering with crucial wickets – and useful runs too.”

Deshpande’s performances have not gone unnoticed by Mumbai’s head coach Amol Muzumdar. “Tushar has been a consistent performer for us,” Muzumdar said. “He has the pace, the accuracy, and the ability to take wickets. I believe he has the potential to play for India.”

Deshpande is now hoping that a strong performance in the Ranji final and the upcoming IPL will help him realize his dream of playing for India. “These three months, especially starting with the Ranji quarterfinal, are extremely important for me,” Deshpande said. “I want to play these next three phases at full intensity.”

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