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“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work” – A quote that perhaps describes the lanky left-arm seamer Sreenath Aravind the best. The 28-year old Bengaluru boy created ripples in the Indian cricketing circuit with his wicket taking abilities in the IPL of 2011. Filling in for injured Dirk Nannes, Aravind impressed all by scalping 21 wickets from just 13 matches, playing a vital role in taking the team up to the final of the tournament that season. Much to his surprise, his skills earned him a place in the national team against England later in 2011.
When Rahul Dravid retired from international cricket, only one question plagued the minds of cricket analysts and lovers alike; WHO WILL FILL IN THE HUGE VOID? The answer came in the form of a run machine from Rajkot. Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara. After piling on a huge number of runs in the domestic scheme of things, Pujara was called in to fill in for the great Rahul Dravid in 2010 against the mighty Aussies. Pujara made the opportunity count and scored a magnificent 72 in a rather tricky fourth inning run chase.