I have to make best use of it: Dasgupta

Published: Saturday, September 8, 2001, 1:04 [IST]
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Kolkata: Wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta, the lone new face selected in the Indian team for the forthcoming tour of South Africa, on Friday said the trip would provide a great opportunity to prove his worth at the highest level of the game."It is indeed a great opportunity for a youngster like me to play for the country. It is a dream come true. I have to make the best of it," Dasgupta told PTI from Hyderabad where he is currently playing for Bengal in the Moin-ud-Dowla gold cup cricket tournament. The 24-year-old wicket-keeper said that he was expecting a call in the national team for quite some time and it was a 'fantastic feeling' to be selected. "I had been in contention for some time. But now that I have been selected, it is a totally different feeling. In some way, I was expecting it," a jubilant Dasgupta said. The Bengal keeper got the news of his selection from his father soon after the team was announced in Mumbai this afternoon. "My dad called me up from Kolkata and gave me the news. I cannot express what I felt," he said. Asked whether the presence of state mate Saurav Ganguly would be an advantage, Dasgupta said, "Having Saurav around will be an inspiration. Obviously, it will help me because he knows me well since we play for the same state."

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