'I want to fill in whatever job entrusted to me'

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 20:52 [IST]
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Bangalore: Admitting that he is yet to cement his place in the Indian team, opener Sanjay Bangar is candid about his prospects in the coming season and said he would take each match as it comes, giving his best in whatever job entrusted to him. Asked by reporters on Wednesday during the course of the conditioning camp as to how he looked forward to the upcoming New Zealand series, Bangar said, "At the moment, I want to go match by match and see how I do...in Irani Cup....I just want to perform." To a question, he said he does not believe he has "cemented" his place in the national team. "It's going to be my second or third season. I am being true to myself and realistic.

I want to fill in whatever job is entrusted to me." Bangar said there is a lot of competition for opener's slot which is good for the team as it puts the contenders on their toes and also make them have "additional motivation". He said not being a part of the World Cup team was a disappointment to an extent but hastened to add that not everything goes according to plan. "And afterall only 11 can play," Bangar said.In the last season when he and Virender Sehwag clicked as openers, Bangar noted that they had a couple of good partnerships.

"Sehwag was scoring fast taking the game away from opposition and taking the pressure off me. My job was simple. I was told to stay at the wicket as long as possible." Asked if he would miss Sehwag as the explosive batsman has expressed the desire to bat at the middle order in Test matches, Bangar said he cannot comment. "It depends on how the series against New Zealand goes." Bangar said he could not do as good as he would like to be in the latter part of the last season, adding, he was referring to the New Zealand tour. But in the first half, he was happy that he could do the job entrusted to him.

Asked about the absence of fast bowler Shane Bond and all-rounder Chris Cairns for the series against India, he said the Kiwis are a very competitive side and their fielding is agile and they cannot be under-estimated. "New Zealand fight till the end and it's a great quality." On the ongoing camp at Bangalore, he said the probables have been enjoying and training hard, adding, they have been trying to build on the three month programme given by the then Physical Trainer Adrian le Roux.

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