Guwahati, Jan. 30: Assam batsmen Tarjinder Singh and Gokul Sharma will play with added motivation in the ensuing Vijay Hazare Trophy limited overs tournament as well as the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament with an eye on making the cut to the IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals.
The Ranji duo had appeared in the Rajasthan Royals two-day trials at Jaipur on January 28 and 29 and have claimed to have been impressive with the bat.
“We have delivered satisfactorily. Both of us remained unbeaten scoring 30 each when three of us were asked to chase 70 runs in seven overs,” claimed Sharma.
“After the trials we were asked to perform in the one-day matches and T20 tournaments, which they will take into account before taking a final call on the squad,” he added.
“We did all we could do in the trials. The rest depends on fate,” Singh told The Telegraph here today.
“It was a good experience in the camp which is definitely going to help us in the long run. It is also motivating for us ahead of the two tournaments which hold the key to our entry to the IPL side,” he added.
Singh was the second highest scorer for Assam with 545 runs from eight Ranji matches and Sharma tallied 176 runs and two wickets from five matches in the last season.
The IPL spotters have contacted the duo since last year.
Mumbai Indians paceman Abu Nechim Ahmed is currently the only Assam player in the IPL fold.
Though another pacer, Pritam Das, was also with Mumbai Indians for a season last year, he is yet to get a call from any of the teams for the next season.
Young paceman Arup Das and top order batsman Pallav Das were also expecting calls this season in view of their Ranji Trophy performance, but were yet to hear from anyone.