Forget about the surprise over getting picked in the India ODI squad to tour Australia. Punjab's left-arm pacer Brainder Sran didn't even know there was a selection committee slated for Saturday.
He learnt about his selection in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led squad while returning from Hyderabad after figuring in Punjab's three-wicket win over Services in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Secunderabad on Friday.
"I am very happy and excited. People were talking about my possible inclusion, but I was not sure it would come so soon. It is a pleasant surprise," said Sran, who celebrated his 24th birthday a week ago.
"Yes, I have conveyed the good news to my father (Balbir Singh). It was a very short conversation with my father and mother (Jaspreet Kaur) and younger sister (Rupinder Kaur). My father is a farmer and our family stays in Panniwala (in Haryana) which is a very small village," Sran said.
Earlier this month, 54-year-old Australian umpire John Ward was seriously injured when he was struck on the head by a shot played by Sran on the first day of the Punjab vs Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy match in Dindigul.
When asked whether he would try to meet Ward during his trip to Australia, Sran, laughed it off and said, "it was a freak accident. If I get an opportunity, I would like to meet him at his home".