Published: Tuesday, August 8, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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This must be the greatest regret in your career?

I didn't like the approach of the Kathiawar team. How can they be so unsporting? Once I came to know that I was just 10 runs short of a world-record, I was desperate to achieve it because it would have put Sir Don Bradman's name behind me. But this didn't happen.

Did you receive any communication from Sir Don Bradman?

Yes. He was generous enough to sympathise with me. He said that he too was disappointed that his record was not broken.

Do you have any regrets for not representing India in Test cricket?

I think I was really good enough to play for India in Tests with a splendid performance. I don't know why the selectors sidelined me all the time.

What really hurt me was that some of the less talented players got a chance to represent the country. Only consolation for me was the fact that I could play one unofficial Test for India.

Which innings do you rate as your best?

I would rate my 219 against Bengal as the most satisfying knock. It was the final and we were chasing 479 with Mushtaq Ali, Jagdale, Nayudu, and Sarvate back in the pavilion.

I batted for nearly seven-and-half hours and hit 26 boundaries in all. This match also marked as the last victory for C K Nayudu.

How did it feel to meet Brian Lara?

I was watching the match in Bangalore when the West Indies toured India in 1994 and they were playing against the Board President XI. Brian Lara, who had scored a mammoth 501 not out for Warwickshire in county cricket, had expressed his desire to meet me.

During the break, he came and spoke to me for some time. He knew about my innings and was very polite. He was happy that he got a chance to meet me.

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