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It is not easy to get back: Balaji

Striving to make a comeback after injury, medium pace bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji admitted that it was tough to get back into the side.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 19:25 IST

Striving to make a comeback after injury, medium pace bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji on Thursday admitted that it was tough to get back into the side.

"It is not easy to get back into the side. Performance counts," the lanky bowler told reporters when questions on India's new fast bowlers Munaf Patel and Sreesanth were put to him.

"Everybody likes to play for the country and perform for the country and contribute for the country. It is not the competition.

"It is an honour for the player to represent the country. Whoever gets the opportunity and try to make full use of it will be there," he said.

Asked about the performance of Sreesanth and Munaf, he said "we have played together for long. They can bowl fast and get wickets.

"Sreesanth puts in 100 per cent on the field," said Balaji, who was here to inaugurate the ticket sales of the one-dayer between India and England to be played on April 6.

On his own form and fitness, he said his injury was healing fast and he was ready for competitive cricket.

About the prospects of the current seven match one-day series between England and India, he said "we have started very well. The bowlers really bowled well and brought us back in a low-scoring match at Delhi. It is nice feeling that India has won," he said.