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Nitish Reddy: ‘Ready to bounce back’ after injury delays India debut dream against Zimbabwe

Nitish Reddy: ‘Ready to bounce back’ after injury delays India debut dream against Zimbabwe

Nitish Reddy, once a Virat Kohli fan now want to become like Hardik Pandya as he is 'Ready to bounce back' after injury delays India debut

Rising Indian star Nitish Kumar Reddy is determined to return to action after an injury sidelined him just before his much-anticipated debut for the Indian T20 team against Zimbabwe.

Dream Deferred, Not Denied: Nitish Reddy

Nitish Reddy, a standout performer for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2024, received his maiden call-up for the national team. However, a last-minute injury forced him out of the squad.

Despite the setback, Reddy remains focused on the future. “It is a part of the game,” he told ANI. “I am trying to focus on the future… There are opportunities everywhere.”

IPL breakout

Nitish Reddy’s impressive 303 runs in 13 matches for the Sunrisers last season caught the eye of selectors. He reveals the dedication behind his powerful batting:

“First year, I didn’t get the opportunity to bat. I practiced facing deliveries closer to 140 to 150 kph.” He credits consistent shadow practice for his ability to handle fast bowling.

Learning from Best: Pat Cummins

Playing under SRH captain Pat Cummins, the World Cup-winning pacer, proved to be a valuable experience for Reddy. “He is like a gentleman; he is so cool,” Reddy says of Cummins. “He’s not angry on the field and always keeps his cool, that’s what I learned from him.”

While known for his batting prowess, Reddy is also a handy bowler with 52 scalps in first-class cricket. He recognizes the importance of developing both aspects of his game: “I have to be strong. I have to think I have to be the best all-rounder.”

From Virat Kohli fan to All-Rounder idol for Nitish Reddy

Reddy’s cricketing inspiration has evolved. Initially a Virat Kohli admirer, he now draws inspiration from all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Ben Stokes.

Growing up, I was a pure batsman. Between U-16 and U-19, I came to bowling. So, growing up, Virat Kohli was my idol, and later on, if I have to name some all-rounders, Hardik Pandya and Ben Stokes, I like both of them. They are pure all-rounders. I want to become like them in future,” he declares.

Eyes on Prize for Nitish

Nitish Reddy’s injury may have delayed his debut, but his unwavering determination and commitment to improvement suggest a bright future ahead. Fans can expect to see him back on the field soon, ready to showcase his skills and potentially become a valuable asset to the Indian cricket team.

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