Young Indian wrist spinner, Mayank Markande, on Friday, earned his maiden India call for the upcoming two-match T20I series against Australia starting February 24. After his selection for the Indian squad, a delighted Mayank Markande said that “he was not expecting this.”

“Getting a national call-up is the biggest achievement in a player’s career. To be honest, I was not expecting this. I did not think I would get included the national set-up this early. I consider myself really lucky,” Mayank was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

“My performances in the Ranji Trophy, along with meaningful performances for India A must have been noticed by the selectors and I am really happy that they have given me a chance to prove myself,” he said further said.

Speaking about Markande’s selection, BCCI’s chief selector MSK Prasad said Markande will be used as a back-up spinner to regular India tweaker Yuzvendra Chahal and all-rounder Krunal Pandya. Kuldeep Yadav has been rested for the upcoming T20I series.

“We are looking at Markande as a backup spinner. We have been grooming him through India A process and today also he picked up a five-wicket haul. So, we want to look at him and he’ll be a backup spinner,” Prasad told reporters on Friday.

India’s T20I Squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande