Liam Dawson had to leave Hampshire to get a game last summer and the all-rounder admits his England call-up shows how quickly fortunes can change in sport.
He pepped up his flagging form with a loan spell at Essex and after transferring his performances into a Hampshire shirt Dawson caught the eye of the England Lions selectors.
A persuasive showing with the Lions against Pakistan A in December and January has led to promotion to England's senior ranks for the ICC World Twenty20.
His slow left-arm bowling gives England a fresh spin option, and head coach Trevor Bayliss will be eager to see Dawson in match conditions, having only witnessed him in Lions practice sessions to date.
Dawson said: " I'm very happy to be selected for a World Cup. It was in the back of my mind after the Lions series in January that there could be a small outside chance I might be selected because I did fairly well in those series.
"But I didn't really think too much about it. Y ou don't really expect it but it's nice to get those phone calls because it's an amazing opportunity to go to a World Cup in India."
He told BBC 5 Live: " It's probably been a strange sort of eight months. S port is amazing, it turns quickly.
"At the start of the summer I was out of favour at Hampshire and went to Essex and did well.
"I finished the last three months of the season really strongly at Hampshire, that was a big bonus."
Dawson, 25, would take any position in the England line-up if it meant him seeing some World Cup action.
He added: "If I get a game then that would be amazing."