It is for the selectors to decide, says Ramesh

Published: Saturday, October 4, 2003, 2:05 [IST]
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Rajkot: Sadagopan Ramesh answered more than one question with his stroke-filled century in the three-day cricket tour match between India 'A' and New Zealand at the Corporation Grounds on Friday. Critics have held his footwork, or the lack of it, against his inclusion in the Indian team but the Tamil Nadu left-hander showed on Friday that he has the wherewithal to succeed at the highest level. "It is difficult for a player to get a hundred if he does not have a good footwork," said Ramesh who made 110 in India 'A's first innings against the visitors. For past couple of years, I have tightened my game a little more and I desperately wanted to get to the three-figure mark in this match and I am happy I have done it.

I have done this before at the highest level and given a chance I would do it again," said Ramesh, who has scored 1367 runs from 19 Tests runs so far. Ramesh, who played his last Test for India in Sri Lanka in 2001, hit two well-timed half-centuries, in the semi-final and the final of the Ranji Trophy, and continued his form into the new season when he scored a triple hundred in the local league in Chennai. "I think I have done my job, now it is for the selectors to decide whether I can be in the Indian team or not," said Ramesh in his typically withdrawn style.

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