Navdeep Saini celebrating
Navdeep Saini

It is always a wonderful feeling to play your first international match and the feeling is always elevated when you become the star performer in the match. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini had a dream debut in the first T20 international against West Indies on Saturday.

Saini picked up three wicket and bagged the man of the match award. He was on a hat trick in his first over when he dismissed Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer off consecutive deliveries.

Talking about his dream moment to bcci.tv after the match, the youngster told that his nervousness of playing a debut match was released after taking the first wicket.

“I was very happy, it was my debut. In the morning when I got the cap, I was not able to believe that this was the day I had been waiting for. It was a dream come true for me.

“When I got the first wicket, the pressure of playing a debut match was released. I was a bit low on confidence before that but that wicket changed it. When I took the second wicket, then it all felt normal.The hat-trick ball I was thinking about how I had watched others take hat-tricks and how they took them,” Saini told bcci.tv.

Saini later dismissed Kieron Pollard after a review to claim his third wicket.

He revealed how he had got the wicket only after captain Virat Kohli insisted on taking the review.

Pollard was on 49 when he  missed a full toss from Navdeep Saini. A weak appeal from the Indians saw the umpire give the decision in favour of Pollard, which was overturned after Kohli took the review.

“I was thinking it was not-out, I appealed but the umpire also gave it not-out. But Virat paaji went for the review. He was saying ‘there’s a review remaining. why waste it? Let’s take it’. When the decision was overturned and it was given out, I was delighted,” the speedster said.