New Delhi. Sameer Khan is only five feet tall and has just turned 16 a few months ago. However, the Class 11 student from Kapurthala troubled Australia’s six feet four inches tall Marcus Stoinis during the net session on Thursday. Sameer bowled left-arm spin to Stoinis for almost 20 minutes and it was great to see a school kid trouble the international batsman. Stoinis several times told the young fast bowler, ‘Good bowling.’
Sameer said after the net session, ‘Today I also made Stoinis LBW. The coach did not ask me to bowl on any particular line but I bowled naturally. He was having some difficulty playing on his back foot. I bowled and over bowled. He was getting a little stuck.
Sameer has been included in the probable list of Punjab Under-19 players and has been kept in a local hotel for the last two days so that he can bowl to the Australian batsmen.
Sameer, son of a bedsheet seller in Kapurthala, said, ‘Yesterday I bowled to Steve Smith for a long time. It was a wonderful experience. Adored. He said he bowled well.
He said, ‘We are four brothers and one sister and my parents fully support my decision to pursue sports. I have played in the Punjab T20 League and I got a chance to play seven matches in which I took five wickets.
With Ashton Agar (paternity leave) not in the squad, Australia needed good practice against finger spinners as Kuldeep Yadav will not play in the first two matches. Australia had four left-arm spinners with Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc bowling during the net session to deal with the threat of Ravindra Jadeja.
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