VVS keen to find his way back into the Indian squad

Published: Saturday, August 16, 2003, 21:26 [IST]
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Bangalore: Putting behind his disappointing days following his non-inclusion to the World Cup V V S Laxman on Saturday said he was looking for his return to the Indian cricket team for the upcoming home series against New Zealand and Australian tour. Talking to reporters Laxman, who was among the probables selected for the conditioning camp here said, "It is a good idea of having a conditioning camp like this especially adopting modern techniques." On being asked about his feelings when national selectors omitted him for the World Cup series in South Africa, the middle order batsman from Hyderabad said, "It was a very disappointing, depressing moment and shock of his life, because World Cup comes in once in four years."

He however said that was the past and disappointment will always be there. Laxman said he will look forward to the future and to the upcoming New Zealand series adding that the entire team is seriously looking for that series as it is going to be a very important one. Commenting on the conditioning camp, Laxman, for whom this is the third camp, said, "It is going to be a tough one year ahead and all of us have to get to good grooving." He hailed the schedule drawn up for the camp, saying the current 13-day training focuses on fitness, the second camp beginning from September 1 address exclusively to orient players towards technical aspects.

Laxman said he was very happy about being back on being selected as one of the probable for the conditioning camp. Laxman rating his physical fitness as "good" added that in the last four and a half months he had been exercising for strengthening his back and it has helped him a lot. Commenting on his performance in domestic cricket, he said in the last one year he did his job as a middle order batsman playing at number six and in the third position in One-dayers. He said he tried his best as a opener and replied, "I would not mind" on being asked whether he opted to be considered as an opener.

Laxman however said he was ready to bat in whatever order the team wants him. He said his main ambition was to live up to the expectations and contribute consistently to the team's performance. Laxman said the coming New Zealand series was very important for the Indian team before they go to Australia as their confidence level has to be really high.

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