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This Virat eyes India cap too

Jamshedpur boy Virat Singh has won a ticket to the India Under-19 camp, thanks to a classy performance at the recently concluded inter-zonal one-day tournament in Mysore.

The Under-19 camp, which kicked off at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday, assumes importance because good performance in the friendly matches will earn players a slot in the Indian squad that flies to South Africa for an upcoming tour.

Speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Bangalore, Virat said he was very confident and optimistic about making the cut. “I scored well at the zonal tourney. I would like to continue in the same vein in the upcoming friendlies in Bangalore,” the East Zone vice-captain added.

Virat, who is not even 18 yet, said the two-week camp would allow him to fine-tune his skills. “Fitness, gym and sessions in the net will be fruitful. Trial matches will further help me iron out the rough edges. I would like to utilise this opportunity to the fullest,” said the Class XII student of DBMS English School.

Besides Virat, three players from the East Zone team — Amir Gani and Abhimanyu Ishwaran from Bengal and Mrinmoy Dutta from Assam — have also been selected for the camp.

However, Jharkhand’s Ishan Kishan and Sumit Kumar, who were also part of the 15-member East Zone outfit for the Mysore tourney, failed to make the cut. As many as 25 boys from different zones have been picked for the Bangalore camp.

Virat has been in great touch since the last season. Leading Jharkhand in the Cooch Behar Trophy, he struck two centuries against Assam and Andhra Pradesh. He also scored a ton at an inter-zonal match against West Zone.

At the Mysore meet, held from June 10 to 18, the stylish left-hander made his broad willow talk and helped the East Zone contingent bag the runner-up slot. The young cricketer scored 58 against South Zone, 56 against Central Zone, 75 against North Zone and 70 against West Zone.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association secretary Rajesh Verma expressed confidence in Virat’s prowess. “He is a talented youngster who has the potential of making it big. I wish him the best,” he said.