Laxman determined to play in World Cup
My focus is the Test series and I hope to score lots of runs here and get a recall in the one-day team too," he said.india Updated: May 31, 2006 17:14 IST
VVS Laxman is determined to force his way back into India's one-day squad forthe 2007World Cup by putting up a consistent show in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies.
"Playing in the World Cup is a dream for me. I missed out in 1999 and 2003. I want to play in at least one World Cup and this is probably my last chance," said the middle order batsman.
"But I am not thinking of that right now. My focus is the Test series and I hope to score lots of runs here and get a recall in the one-day team too," he said.
Laxman said he was not bothered by the rush of young blood in the Indian team and believed that he had shaped up well to match them in the field.
"I have been working a lot on the overall game and my fitness. I'm very pleased with the way I have shaped up and am quite prepared to take on the West Indies bowling here," he said.
Laxman admitted that the absence of Sachin Tendulkar would put responsibility on him since he is a senior player but refused to agree that there was any added pressure.
"Sachin has been a consistent performer for us for the last 16 years. He is not playing and that is a big loss. It puts a lot of responsibility on me but there is no added pressure. It's my job. Any one picked in the team has got responsibility to perform," said Laxman.
Laxman, who had aggregated 474 runs at an average of 70 for India during the 2002 Test series in the Caribbean, sees a change in the wickets here.
"On these slow wickets, you have to play as late as possible. We have been brought up on slow wicket where we have to wait to play, it's the same here. But having said that, I think it is important to adjust to wicket and play shots that suit the conditions here.
"The pitches were slow even in 2002 other than the ones in Jamaica and Barbados. But I was seeing the one-day matches on TV and this time around they have turned a lot too," he said.
Laxman warned that slowing down of wickets was not good news for world cricket.
"Wickets slowing down is not good for the game. But the beauty of international cricket is that you can't always get good or bad wickets. As international travellers you have to adjust to the conditions and the wickets provided.
First Published: May 31, 2006 17:14 IST