Srinath keen to tour Aus; to retire if he can't

Published: Friday, October 31, 2003, 2:08 [IST]
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Kolkata: Veteran speedster Javagal Srinath on Thursday said he was keen to go to Australia with the Indian team this year-end and would consider retiring if his injured knee prevented him from making the trip Down Under. "My knee is progressing, but slowly. It has remarkably improved over the last couple of months. I'm planning to play a local game next week in Bangalore which will enable me and the doctors to assess the strength of my knee," Srinath said.

"If my knee is completely fit, I want to go to Australia. Playing for the country is the greatest motivation for me and that's my motivation for the tour," India's most successful pace bowler in the post Kapil Dev era said. Asked whether he would hang up his boots if he had to stay off the Aussie tour, Srinath said "That's very right. If I cannot go to Down Under, then I'm retiring. However, my availability for the tour depends on my knee."

To a query about his post-retirement plans, Srinath said "Its a very big question. After playing top-flight cricket for 13 years, it definitely will bring a void in life. I'll have to sit and think what I can do," he said. Srinath said the issue of getting a bowling coach for the national team could be discussed at various fora. "If at all a bowling coach is taken, it has to be somebody with an overall knowledge of the game." When a scribe asked whether he would like to don the mantle of bowling coach after retiring from the game, Srinath quipped "this is something worthwhile to consider."

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