I'd like to emulate Dravid : Barrington

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The opener's slot in the Indian Test team has always caused cricketing tongues wagging. There are host of fringe guys waiting eagerly in the wings to pounce on that much-elusive break.

India under-19 lad and Karnataka's opening bat Roland Barrington is one such cricketer, who's does what he knows best; pile on the runs and hope to catch the selectors' attention.

The 24-year-old dapper opener has been scoring runs by the bundle, and what's more; he is accomplishing that with greater amount of consistency.

A bloke, who greatly looks up to Indian top-bat Rahul Dravid as his mentor, is clear about one thing; he does necessarily want to copy Dravid but given a chance would like to emulate what the master technician has attained for Team India.

"I know Rahul Dravid's a role-model for many upcoming cricketers in the country. I like the way he goes about his job. I won't like to copy him but would like to emulate what he has achieved for India. If anything, I would like to possess the mental attributes he has," Barrington says with lot of candour.

The techincally-sound right-hander smashed the record for the highest individual score for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy to smithereens when he notched a rollicking 283, bettering Arjun Raja's feat of 263.

Barrington feels all the good things happening to his game are due to hardwork and belief in God.

"I work really hard on my game and try give off my best whenever I am on the cricket field and leave the rest to the Almighty," he says with his feet firmly planted on the ground.

When specifically asked whether he realistically stood a chance of making it to the national side, Barrington reckons that anything is possible in the game of cricket.

"Cricket is a funny game. I don't know for myself as to how long it would take to get a national call-up. But you never know injuries and various other factors can always come into play," he says with a touch of optimism.

Virender Sehwag has been a phenomenal success as an opener despite being not an Test opener in the conventional mould.

According to Barrington, it's all about mental toughness more than technique, which helps a player to succeed at the highest level.

"I'm happy for Sehwag. People talk a lot about his technique and footwork and the talk even intensifies when runs dry from his willow. Not many realize that he's mentally strong and that's why he able to come up with the goods every now and then."

"Even in seaming conditions in England earlier this season, Sehwag curbed his attacking instincts a great deal and only cut loose when he got his eye in and the wicket had eased," he says waxing eloquence on the Najafgarh lad.

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