‘You should play in the large occasions’: England debutant Richard Gleeson is looking forward to the T20 World Cup after making a shocking international debut against India at Edgbaston
- Richard Gleeson dismissed three of India’s best players at Edgbaston
- Former factory employee looking forward to further exploits with England
- Bowler says that England wasn’t on his radar after taking three wickets on debut
Richard Gleeson endured a bittersweet England debut that has left the previous boiler factory employee dreaming of performing in the warmth of a World Cup.
Gleeson, who at 34 became England’s oldest debutant since Paul Nixon in 2007, returned outstanding figures of 4-1-15-3 within the 49-run loss to number one-ranked India that consigned his Lancashire team-mate Jos Buttler to defeat in his first series as everlasting white-ball captain.
India’s stellar triumvirate of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were the victims in a four-ball spell that showed the previous minor counties fast bowler could step as much as challenge one of the best on the worldwide scene.
Richard Gleeson took three wickets – including that of Rishabh Pant – on his England debut
His call-up got here just three months shy of the World Cup in Australia and of the prospect of creating that tournament, the Blackpool-born bowler said: ‘You should play in the large occasions, don’t you? So, yeah, why not?
‘I’ll just look towards the following game and go from that, I feel.’
Such an occurrence would represent one other chapter in Gleeson’s astonishing story – until 27 when he made his first-class debut against Australia as a trialist with Northamptonshire, he had not played professionally. In those days, he combined matches with Cumberland in the summertime by earning money in a boiler factory within the winter.
Gleeson also removed Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma to finish with figures of 3-15
‘England wasn’t on my radar, it was nearly trying to succeed in the very best level that I could and I actually have got to here to date,’ Gleeson said.
Until this March, when Lancashire offered him a Twenty20 contract for this season, there have been fears that a stress fracture of the back might force him into retirement.
But he has come back strongly, is the leading English wicket-taker on this yr’s Vitality Blast with 23 wickets, has opened talks at Emirates Old Trafford a few recent deal and continued his form on the largest stage together with his removal of India’s top trio.