Mumbai pacer Tushar Deshpande chooses to play club cricket over IPL trials

Fast bowler Tushar Deshpande chose club game over IPL trials because he felt that instead of going for a trial and throwing just two-four overs, he'd play an official game

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Mumbai bowler Tushar Deshpande made his List A debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 season and till now, the bowler has impressed everyone with his pace and bounce. However, recently he made a choice that not many can fathom as he chose to play a club game instead of going for an Indian Premier League (IPL) trial.

The 23-year-old was asked to come for trials on Friday by IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who were impressed by his bowling skills. Any youngster in India who plays cricket would have nodded in agreement for the IPL trial but the right-arm pacer chose club game over an IPL trial. Tushar’s next Ranji game starts on November 20 and he had time to play for a club.

Deshpande stated that he has never gone for an IPL trial as he believes that if he is giving a 100 per cent in the games he’s playing, why would he have to go for trials. According to the Mumbai bowler, there were going to be 60-70 bowlers at the trials and he would hardly get to bowl two to three overs and thus, instead of going to Mohali for that, he’d play an official game. 

While Deshpande is still struggling to fix his spot in the team, he shone for his state in the first game of this Ranji season where he scalped six wickets in 24.2 overs at Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi. However, Deshpande still hopes that he will impress the IPL teams with his performances so that he can get a chance to play an IPL game. 

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