IPL was a learning experience: Gony

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/g/gony.jpg' class='caption'> Punjab seamer Manpreet Gony said he was looking forward to giving his best in his first national assignment.

Updated: June 10, 2008 12:07 IST
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Punjab seamer Manpreet Gony, who was on Saturday drafted in the India ODI squad for the Bangladesh tri-series, said a successful IPL stint has made him a better bowler and he was looking forward to give his best in his first national assignment.

"IPL has given me great exposure. You rarely get a chance to bowl to so many world class batsmen and this experience has made me a better bowler. (Chennai Super Kings) coach Kepler Wessels made a slight adjustment to my action, helped me hit the deck harder and bowl at right areas.

"But, I will look to have a fresh start when I bowl in the tri-series, where I will also get opportunity to bowl a longer spell which should help me show my abilities," Gony, who has played just five first class matches, said.

Gony, who replaced in the ODI squad after pacer S Sreesanth was ruled out due to a side strain sustained in an IPL match, described the national call-up as a dream come true. "It is like a dream come true. It was always my dream to play for my country. When I got the call from a BCCI official informing about my selection in the team for the tri-series, my joy knew no bounds," said the 24-year-old right-arm seamer.

The 6'4" tall cricketer from Mohali, who took 17 wickets from 16 games in the IPL, does not seem to be bothered about pressure of making India debut, though he adds "only pressure on me will be to perform well".

Gony said he was surprised when he was bought in the IPL players' auction by the Chennai Super Kings team owners.

"After an ordinary first class debut, getting the call from an IPL franchise came as a surprise. However, I feel taking eight wickets in two Deodhar Trophy matches for North Zone helped me catch the eye of the team owners. IPL has been a great learning experience for young cricketers like me. Though schedule was hectic, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it," he said.

Gony praised his Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni for showing faith in him during the Twenty20 extravaganza.

"My skipper showed great faith in me. He is a real guiding force and all the players enjoyed playing under him. In addition, (South African pacer) Makhaya Ntini used to interact with me regularly and I got the opportunity to talk to many international players which also helped me a lot," he said.

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