England tour of India - Cricket: Ton-up Dasgupta hopes for permanent dual role

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 23:13 [IST]
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Mohali: Indian wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta said on Tuesday he wanted to continue opening the batting after scoring his maiden century in the first Test against England here."It is not difficult to do both jobs," Dasgupta said. "It's all about fitness and I am confident I can do both."The 23-year-old wicket-keeper, opening the batting here only because debutant Sanjay Bangar had strained a leg muscle, stonewalled his way at the crease for five hours and 38 minutes.Dasgupta, who plays for Bengal alongside skipper Saurav Ganguly, was also used as a temporary opener on the recent tour of South Africa."The century has not sunk in yet," he said. "I still do not believe that I have scored a century in Tests."I had my share of problems in the innings because they bowled very well. My job was to see off the new ball and Rahul (Dravid) helped me keep my cool when I was close to my century."Dasgupta, playing only his third Test, said he had been inspired by the deeds of two other wicket-keeper/batsmen, Alec Stewart of England and Farokh Engineer of India."But I have to improve my 'keeping. One has to keep learning all the time."

Copyright AFP 2001

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