Kartik relying on his batting to turn around fortunes

Published: Monday, August 25, 2003, 22:46 [IST]
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Bangalore: The "come-back" man of Indian cricket and left-arm spinner Murali Kartik is not despondent that he could not be part of the national team consistently but said he is striving to improve batting to enhance his prospects. Kartik told reporters on Monday that with team management opting for only two spinners, he can only bide his time. "I have to look at the position where I am in right now. I am competing for a spot occupied by two revered people (Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh) who have taken wickets at the International level", he said.

"From my point of view, it's a question of doing well consistently and I hope to do my best", Kartik said. "If there is a chance for a third spinner, I want that (slot) to come to me", said Kartik, who has so far made six "come-backs" into the national squad. He also said he is trying another method to break into the side again. This, by improving his batting, and by chipping in with a few runs. Kartik noted that in top teams like South Africa and Australia, there are players at the bottom of the order who chip in with a few runs.

"If I can do that, I can find a place", Kartik felt. Kartik, who is part of India "A" side since 1996, does not believe the team management has treated him unfairly. "When the team management wants to field only two spinners, I can't ask them to make a place for me", he said. Kartik also denied that captain let him down many times. "It's only because of the captain that I have been able to make a come back everytime", he said. He did agree with a questioner that playing in One-day games does affect the bowling of spinners in a way, as bowling in Test matches and Limited overs games needs different kind of bowling and different mental set up.

But once a bowler starts playing at different level, he needs to adapt to both versions, said Kartik during the course of the conditioning camp for Indian cricket team probables for the demanding season ahead. To a question, Kartik, who Started off as a medium pacer but then took to spinning, said he is being guided in the last ten years by Bishen Singh Bedi and Maninder Singh and always looked up to them whenever required.

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