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WI tour was learning experience: Powar

"It was one of the best tours. Winning the Test series overseas was a very proud moment," says the 28-year-old Mumbai off-spinner.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 06:12 IST

Off spinner Ramesh Powar described the tour of West Indies as a very good learning experience and said he was pleased just to be part of the squad that won its first Test series in the Caribbean in 35 years.

"It was one of the best tours. I felt very happy to be part of the squad that won the Test series. Winning the Test series overseas was a very proud moment," the 28-year-old player.

"I played in the one-dayers (which India lost 1-4 to the hosts before winning the Test series 1-0) and learned a lot of things about West Indian wickets," said Powar but added that he was not thinking about playing on the same tracks during the World Cup as yet.

"I am not thinking about the World Cup which is still six or seventh months away. I am focusing to try and perform in whatever chance I will get. There's no point in thinking about the World Cup at present," said the player believed to possess good all-round potential.

Powar, who was not in the playing eleven in any of the four Tests, said he was not disappointed at not being able to make the grade in the Caribbean.

"I am not disappointed. I learned a lot of things about playing Test cricket by sitting outside. It was a good learning process and I look at it in a positive way," he said. (more)

"The wickets were similar to the Indian wickets but on the slower side," he said.

"Normally a lot of runs are scored between the 16th and 40th overs (the middle overs in ODIs), but it was a lot more difficult to get runs in the West Indies (during this period)," Powar explained.

Looking forward to the August 14 to 29 Sri Lanka tour in August, Powar said he would try and keep himself fit for the forthcoming challenge.

"I will perform better and better if I get selected."

The Indian squad, expected to be named for the series after July 15, would undergo two camps of short duration ahead of their departure as per the schedule announced earlier by the Indian Cricket Board.