The 21-year-old has featured in solely 23 first-class video games in his profession and should beat extra skilled spinners like Jack Leach, Dom Bess, Matt Parkinson and Moeen Ali to get into the Test squad.

“Obviously, I’m here so I want to play Test cricket whenever that comes, so I’m going to keep on trying my hardest to make sure that I’m playing,” the Surrey spinner, who was included in England’s 30-man squad earlier this month, mentioned.

“I don’t really try to impress as such – I want to do my own thing and be who I am. That’s what I want to show people and show people what I’m capable of doing, rather than doing other things or try to forcefully show my skills.”

Virdi mentioned he’s focussed on working onerous to get into the squad for the opening Test. “I definitely do want to be playing in the first Test match, or at least be in the squad. If I didn’t want to do that I probably shouldn’t be here. I’m very proud of myself that I’ve got to this stage. The next stage is about pushing for a Test place, so whenever that does happen I’m going to keep working hard.”

Virdi, who has taken 69 wickets in his 23 first-class matches at a mean of 28.78, says his power lies in his aggression as he’s at all times on the lookout for wickets.

“I feel you have to be aggressive and you have to be trying to take wickets. Maybe the pitches aren’t at all times going to be suited to you however as a spinner even if you’re trying to hold it tight, my eyes are at all times on taking wickets regardless.

“Obviously being younger, I’m nonetheless studying my expertise and getting higher at my expertise, so you’ll bowl the odd free ball otherwise you won’t get six balls within the good area. But I feel you may bowl much more wicket-taking deliveries and that is what makes you harmful: when a batsman is aware of you could get them out on any wicket.”

If he makes it to the squad, Virdi will turn out to be solely the third Sikh to characterize England after Monty Panesar and Ravi Bopara. He says Panesar has been a task mannequin as he’s additionally state-educated and spent his early life on the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes.

“Growing up I watched Graeme Swann and Monty and that was very inspirational to me. Obviously with Monty as effectively as a result of he seems similar to me, particularly being from the neighborhood that I’m,” he said. “We’re in a minority in loads of industries and to see somebody progressing and doing effectively within the subject you are in actually motivates you and exhibits you that you are able to do it.”



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