Disappointed Agarkar vows to bounce back

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain:Axed despite being the pick of the Indian seamers in the ODI series against the West Indies, Ajit Agarkar vowed to bounce back and said he was sad but not shattered after being ignored for the Test series.

As the Indian team left for Antigua, which hosts the first Test match from June 2, Agarkar along with Robin Uthappa, RP Singh, and Venugopal Rao left for India.

''It's disappointing not to be part of the Test squad. But it is not end of the world for me. Selectors chose the team and they haven't picked me up, that's fair enough. I will try and perform even better in the One-dayers so that I am picked for the future Test series,'' said Agarkar.

The slightly built pacer also said that right now he wasn't thinking too much about the exclusion from Test squad.

''It's not that difficult for mind. I look at the positives. I'm going back home. I have a seven-month-old son and I am looking forward to meeting him. I'm just looking at the positives.'' On his performance in the One-day series here, Agarkar said that he used all his experience to bowl on these slow and low Caribbean wickets.

He said the formula to his success was quite simple.

''I have bowled before here so I knew what to expect. But the secret to my success is quite simple -- bowl as straight as possible. I haven't changed my action or something but I made finer adjustments here and there. Bowling in ODI cricket is simple bowl straight and there is not much scope to experiment. Batsmen in this era of power play are going to hit always and bowling straight always pays,'' he explained.

He also said that he has worked hard to reduce loose deliveries but it is not possible to succeed all the time.

''I am bowling in very good rhythm for the last 6-8 months. I am feeling good. After 250 ODI wickets, I am pretty happy. I always try very hard to focus, whether in my first match or now. The effort is the same though, sometimes, the execution may not be the same.

Sometime it works sometime it doesn't,'' he elaborated.

''There are times when you feel very good about your game. I am feeling excellent about my rhythm. Form is temporary. I won't say that this is the best or not the best I have bowled but I am landing the ball in the right places,'' he said.

About the resounding loss to the West Indies in the One-day series, Agarkar said it has been a big learning experience for the team.

''After being in such a good form in the ODIs for the last six months, we were really hammered here. They used home advantage to the hilt. They fielded better and lifted their game after second match.

Credit should be given to them but we also need to learn a lot from this series considering that the next World Cup is held here,'' he added.

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