Sriram keen on claiming berth in Test

Published: Friday, September 5, 2003, 20:56 [IST]
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Bangalore: Batsman Sridharan Sriram on Thursday indicated that he was keen on staking a claim in both the Test and One-day side for the upcoming series against New Zealand, by scoring huge knocks. "I have to put runs on the board, which is crucial.

I will do my best," he told reporters here during the preparatory camp for Indian cricket team probables. "I am looking for (berths) in both versions of the game." He is keen to score big runs in the coming Challenger series, Irani Trophy and two side-games against New Zealand to impress the selectors. Sriram said he had a 'satisfying' tour with India 'A' side in England, where he scored two first class tons, a feat not achieved by anybody in the team.

Among other things, the stint in England had taught him lessons on matters of discipline. More than the opposition, it is the conditions in England, which are challenging, he opined. Sriram said he was a lot more confident, mature and had started believing in himself and developed a lot in recent years. On the fact that "one does not see Sriram as a bowler these days", the man who started his career as a specialist spinner, said it's just that he "sees himself going up the ladder as a batsman". He stressed that he was also working on his bowling and could do a part-time job as a bowler.

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