Laxman vows to fight his way back to the ODI squad

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Having been ignored from India's One-day squad for the last two tournaments, stylish batsman V V S Laxman is determined to fight his way back into the team by working on his game and fitness.

"It is off season and two-and-a-half month time is good time to work on the fitness and my game. I will use it for that," Laxman, who has agreed to be the brand ambassador for the Association for Cricket for Blind in India, said in New Delhi today (April 28, 2005).

Laxman, whose last ODI assignment was the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Platinum Jubilee match against Pakistan at Kolkata in November where he made 43 off 44 balls, was left out of the ODI team for the series against Bangladesh in December and against Pakistan this month.

"It is disappointing, definitely. That is because I have won matches for India. It's difficult for me that I am not in the ODI team. Hopefully I'll come back," the Hyderabad batsman, who scored 107 against Pakistan in the fifth and last ODI in Lahore last year, said.

Laxman was speaking on the sidelines of the first One-day International match between blind players of India and Pakistan at the Jamia Milia grounds.

When asked why was he being kept out of the shorter version of the game, Laxman said "I always go with the mindset to win the match for the country. You should ask the selectors about it".

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