Hyderabad: Stylish middle-order bat V V S Laxman on Saturday said he was pleasantly surprised by the call to the One-day side and hoped he would take the opportunity to get used to the bouncy pitches there before the start of the crucial Test series against South Africa.
"It would be a challenge to play the One-dayers, I hope I will live up to the expectations," Laxman, who is leaving for Mumbai on Saturday night from where he will take a flight for South Africa on October 22, told PTI. Laxman admitted he was taken by surprise because he was only expecting to be included in the squad for the three-match Test series starting on November 3 at Bloenfontein. "In a way it would be a very good experience to play the One-dayers before the Test series as it gives me adequate time to adjust to the bouncy tracks of South Africa," he said. Rattled by the failure of its middle-order bat, the team management on Friday asked the BCCI to fly Laxman immediately so that the 28-year-old right-hander could join action in the remaining One-dayers. Laxman, who led Rest of India from the front to a glorious win against Ranji Champions Baroda last week, said his first target would be to be a member of the title winning team in the ongoing triangular series. The wristy player had to return mid-way through the Sri Lankan series in July after he sustained a knee injury, which needed operation. Laxman underwent surgery and physiotherapy in Sydney and could not return home in time to meet BCCI deadline for fitness test. "I feel sorry I missed the deadline but it was doctor's advice I could not have ignored," Laxman said.