Mandeep Singh is one of five uncapped players included in India's tour to Zimbabwe, and will be looking to use the experience gained playing with Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers to take his game to the next level.
The 24-year-old stood out when he burst onto the scene at the 2010 under-19 World Cup, and playing with two of the best batsmen in the world with the Royal Challengers Bangalore will certainly have helped him.
Speaking of Kohli's mentorship, the right-hander told the Deccan Chronicle: "Virat told me how I can better my front foot play."
"I used to be with him so I learnt how to better my fielding and fitness."
"How Virat has improved his batting has really inspired me."
The Royal Challengers Bangalore man has targeted improving his fitness: "I also want to up my fitness to the level of Virat’s because when I play T20 I too want to bring to the table such kind of fitness levels and batting skills,"
Mandeep also learnt from South Africa skipper and number one ODI batsman AB de Villiers: "AB told me ways on how to keep my head still while playing."
The top-order batsmen has made a great start to his First Class career scoring 3699 at an average of 43.51.
He has been included in India squad shortlists in 2012 and 2014 and will be delighted to have finally broken through: "I have been doing really well in the T20 format from the past two-three seasons."
"I have been part of the World Cup probables twice in 2012 and 2014 as well. I was there in the mix so finally the call came and it feels good,”
India will take on Zimbabwe in three ODIs and three T20Is all played at the Harare Sport's Club in June.