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Laxman hopes to return to ODI squad, to play World Cup

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, May 1 (UNI) Ignored from the one day squad for the tour of West Indies, stylish batsman VVS Laxman believes performing well in the Test matches will earn him a recall in the ODI side for the World Cup.

''I am not part of the ODI team and they have picked up youngsters. But I am looking forward to doing well in Test matches in West Indies and I am confident that if I do well, definitely I would be included in the ODIs,'' he said.

''I'm just looking forward to grab the opportunity'', added the dashing batsman from Hyderabad.

In a chat with newspersons after inaugurating the annual activities of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for the year 2006, Laxman said he was looking forward to West Indies tour and said his experience of playing there in two earlier series would stand him in good stead.

''I have done well in the West Indies in 1997 and 2002. Knowing the conditions there will definitely help me to perform consistently.

I am looking forward to the series'', he said.

Replying to a question about the pitches in the West Indies, Laxman, ''In the late 1970s and the early '80s, it was much quicker than probably what it is now. Due to overuse of wicket, except for Barbados and Jamaica, other wickets are slow and low.'' Laxman also did not hide that he was keen to be a part of the World Cup 2007 squad.

''Playing the World Cup is one of my dreams. Unfortunately I did not play in the 2003 World Cup.'' ''There is lot of time and series are coming up before that. So I am just looking forward and whenever given opportunity, I hope to do well. And if I do well, I will definitely get a look-in for the World Cup.'' Asked if the senior players in the team were feeling insecure with more and more youngsters being blooded, Laxman said, ''It's good that the youngsters are coming up. After all this is how it should be. You don't want a weak bench and it is a good sign for Indian cricket.'' ''It is a team game and whoever given opportunity should do well for the country. Names don't matter as long as they are performing and winning the matches for the country is what is most important.'' Earlier, inaugurating the NCA annual activities, Laxman called upon the young players to take full advantage of the opportunity provided and build up mental strength to perform well in the field.

NCA Chairman Sunil Gavaskar also called upon the boys to build up mental toughness and cricket skill.

''We can have all the skill, but what is needed is temperament,'' he added.


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