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Lure of India cap drives Powar on

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 13:38 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan
Hindustan Times
Lure of India cap drives Powar on

Ramesh Powar’s brand of off-spin has been highly effective. The portly player, who last played for India in 2007, ended the 2008-09 season with 44 wickets at 24.45 runs per wicket to be fifth in the list of most-successful bowlers.

The 30-year-old, who was West Zone’s hero in the Duleep Trophy final with his seven wickets in the second innings, still nourishes his ambition of representing the country again. Excerpts:

On his memorable 100th first-class match:

I am ecstatic. I was disappointed after being dropped in the semi-final as I did not think it would happen after taking so many wickets in the Ranji Trophy. I had to prove myself in this match and I am happy with the 10 wickets (three in the first innings) here.

On not being the first-choice spinner as skipper Wasim Jaffer brought in Rajesh Pawar ahead of him in both innings:

The captain tends to look at the leading wicket-taker but I knew this was an ideal track for me. It was a challenge as the batsmen counter-attacked to survive. To be able to make the batsmen play and purchase wickets was the challenge.

On the decline of spin-bowling in India:

Everyone has an opinion about spin. You have to keep performing and whenever India need a spinner, I hope the selectors will look around and think of me.

On whether he is still nurtures the hope of an India comeback:

There is no point in playing Ranji Trophy without the motivation of making a comeback to the India team. Having said that, I don’t plan too much for the future. Whenever you play, you have to come out as a champion. Towards this, it is important to be a member of a champion side.