Laxman presses consistency button

Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Talented right-hand batsman V V S Laxman is disappointed at getting the axe from the national team time and again, but admits that he needs to be a more consistent performer.

Exuding confidence of doing well in the coming season, that kicks off with the tri-series in Sri Lanka in August, Laxman says he has sweated it out in the off-season to keep himself in perfect shape for the battles ahead.

"I'm quite confident of doing well this season. I've really worked hard in the off-season. I hope to do well in both versions of the game," the Hyderabad cricketer said

Laxman, who caused one of the most magical turnarounds in the game's history to propel India to a historic Test win over Steve Waugh's Australia at the Eden Gardens here in 2000 with an epic 281, has been in and out of the team and this has left him "disappointed".

"I feel disappointed at being repeatedly kept out of the side, particularly in the One-dayers. Whenever I have got the opening I have done well. But despite my good performance, I find myself out of the team."

"But having said that I think I can definitely improve my consistency level. Probably, I'm not doing justice to my potential. I'm working hard in this regard," he said.

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