Jaipur, Apr 19: Rajasthan Royals medium pacer Sidharth Trivedi, who has been a consistent bowler for the Royals since the inception of IPL, hopes that his good show in the ongoing tournament will grab selectors attention.
"I have been performing consistently and my four wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore were quite satisfying because they have a very strong batting line up. I hope the performances are being noticed," said Trivedi.
Making his first-class debut in 2002-03, Trivedi was soon selected for the ICC under-19 World Cup in 2002 and was impressive as he claimed nine wickets in seven matches.
Legendary spinner Shane Warne showed lot of faith in the youngsters who proved to be a vital player during Rajasthan Royals title triumph in the inaugural IPL in 2008.
However, all this success has not earned him a call-up to represent the national team.
"I have to keep on performing and leave the rest in the hands of selectors. I believe I should finish in top five wicket takers in this IPL. I have been working hard on my bowling and especially the slower ones.
The 29 year old, who has taken eight wickets so far at an average of 19.87 with 25 for four against RCB being his best bowling figures, said, "I depend more on variations and try vary pace and the length as well. A lot of slower ones might have made the batsmen a little wiser and they expect odd one coming down but still they have to play if it is wicket to wicket. This can induce them to make a mistake".
Now in his fifth season with Rajasthan Royals, Trivedi relishes the challenge he faces against batsmen. "The team still has high expectations from me. This is my fifth year in IPL and as a senior player I try to give my 100 per cent. Batsmen now try to shuffle and improvise and that becomes a challenge and I love challenges," he said.