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'IPL experience was good' - Navdeep Saini recalls time with Rajasthan Royals in 2023 IPL season ahead of West Indies tour

Navdeep Saini believes his IPL 2023 season with Rajasthan Royals was a "big learning curve" that would help him flourish in the future.

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Navdeep Saini believes the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 was a "big learning curve" for him to succeed in the future. Saini admitted that the recently concluded season did not go exactly as he would have liked, but he was happy with his performance in Royals' final league game against Punjab Kings (PBKS).

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The Haryana-born cricketer did not play in all of the matches for the Jaipur-based franchise and went wicketless in his opening game of the season. However, he took three wickets in RR's final match of the 16th edition. The 30-year-old also feels he has learned a lot while sharing the dressing room with world-class players.

"The IPL experience was good. Sharing the dressing room with world-class players was a huge thing for me. It was a big learning curve for me. I played just two matches in the IPL - the first match and the last match of the tournament. I wish I could play more matches in the IPL," Saini said.

"I played as an impact player in the first match. My performance didn't go the way I wanted. But the last match of the IPL was really good. I was happy with my performance. I took three wickets," he added.

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I know the conditions in the Caribbean: Saini

Meanwhile, Saini has been named in India's Test squad for the West Indies series starting on July 12. So far, he has played two Test matches and has taken four wickets. However, he was not a regular feature for the Whites, failing to impress the selectors. Saini, who has played with the India A team in the Caribbean, will be hoping to perform well in the two-match series.

"I worked a lot on my lines and lengths. I practiced by bowling long spells targeting particular spots (on the pitch) in the nets. As we say practice makes a cricketer perfect, I followed the same mantra. I am excited about this series. I will give my 100 percent," he said.

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"I know the conditions in the Caribbean. I have played India A matches here. I have played both one-day and four-day matches in the Caribbean. So, I am aware of the conditions. I am sure we will win this series. It is going to be a challenging series," the right-arm pacer concluded.

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