Southampton (England): Regular opener Shiv Sunder Das, after an unbroken stint of 23 Tests in the last two years, finds himself out of reckoning ahead of the Test series against England but is determined to stage a comeback.
The diminutive opener, who has been left out of the three-day match against Hampshire ahead of the first Test at Lord's because of his woeful form, which has plagued him since the Caribbean tour, has taken the setback in his stride. "I am not disappointed as these things do happen in cricket.
I want to regain my form," Das said. The opener, who scored 29 and 0 in the lung-opener against West Indies 'A', which effectively slammed the door shut on him, blamed the dubious decision in the second innings for jeopardising his prospects of retaining the opener's slot on the tour. "I had not touched it, I am sure," he explained as he went out for a little batting practice at the side of the ground even as Wasim Jaffer and his replacement Virender Sehwag went into the middle to open the Indian innings against Hampshire.
Das was adjudged caught behind as he tried to fend off an outside the leg-stump delivery off Reon King on the final day's play in Arundel earlier this week. The opener has received words of sympathy from the Indian dressing room, which he felt, should help him to tide over the lean phase.