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Ishwar is ecstatic

New Delhi: It was a perfect New Year’s gift for Ishwar Pandey as the lanky medium pacer, on Tuesday, became the first player in 18 years from Madhya Pradesh to be named in the Indian Test side.

The 24-year-old, who was named in both the Test and ODI squads for the tour of New Zealand, said: “No doubt it’s a big news for my state. The time has come for me finally. I’ve been working hard for this moment and it has come,” Pandey said.

On his bowling, Pandey said: “I always like to bowl out-swingers, but it was during my stint with the Pune Warriors (in IPL) that I improved on it. (Allan) Donald really worked on my out-swingers. I’m really thankful to him,” said Pandey.

He also credited Dennis Lillee and Glenn McGrath, who helped him at the MRF Pace Foundation. (Agencies)