India pacer Arundhati Reddy primed and ready for England tour

India pacer Arundhati Reddy says the upcoming seven-match tour of England is not only exciting but also very challenging for her as she could be in line for her One-Day International debut.

The tour kicks off on June 16 with a one-off Test in Bristol and concludes with the third and final T20I on July 15. A three-match ODI series will be played in between.

The 23-year-old Arundhati has played 23 T20Is and picked 17 wickets since making her debut in 2018 against Sri Lanka. She says it would be a dream for any pacer to play in the bowler-friendly conditions of England.

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“But it also means that you have to be consistent right through and there is no room for error. Since I have been training really hard and waiting for this big moment, I am ready for the challenges of bowling to English batters on their home soil,” Arundhati said in a chat with Sportstar.

“The preparations have been really good thanks to Murthy Sir (her coach RSR Murthy, formerly of SCR) and I bowled a lot in the open wickets to hit the ‘spot’ consistently,” she said.

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“The focus has been to be good with both bat and the ball. It is imperative to be a decent all-rounder and I am confident my improved batting skills will come in handy on the coming England tour,” said the pacer.

“After all the early struggle in life and sport, I am honestly much better placed. It is surreal that I am in the Indian team though this is what I always dreamt of when I started playing the game,” the SCR staffer said.

“I don’t feel any pressure on being my first tour and in with a chance to play in the longer format. More than that, I am raring to go if given the chance,” she said.

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“With Mithali di as captain, it is quite natural to be in the comfort zone (Mithali is also with SCR and both train a lot at St. John’s Sports Foundation in Secunderabad here). She has always been a huge inspiration and motivation for me and has never hesitated to put things in a simple and effective manner for better performances from my side,” said Arundhati who idolises Jhulan Goswami and Jasprit Bumrah.

Any goals? “Well, I want to be the best player for India and towards that I will put in all the desired efforts,” she signed off before leaving for Mumbai to join the other team members for the England tour.

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