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|Nayan Mongia hopeful of playing for India|
Sunday, February 1 2004 10:20 Hrs (IST)
"I have been requesting the selection committee to give (me) a reason for keeping me out", he said in Pune adding, "wicketkeeping is a specialized job".
"A regular wicketkeeper is required for both One-day and Test cricket", Mongia told newsmen on the sidelines of a function to inaugurate "Marisoft-Mokhsa IT Cricket Cup 2004" at the Poona Club grounds in Pune.
"Maturity and experience have to go hand in hand. I have not grown that old so as not to be able to deliver goods", he stressed in response to selector's preference to give youngsters a chance.
Mongia said he has been "working hard playing for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy in domestic circuit this season".
Mongia also said he "was hoping to see a change of heart in the Indian selectors with former keeper Syed Kirmani heading the national selection committee".