Mumbai, Feb 9: India's S Sreesanth keen on cementing his place in the Test squad after suffering from poor form and injuries that forced him to stay off action for almost a year, on Friday said that he had a self-centered approach towards playing cricket.
During the on-going Irani Cup tie at Wankhede, Sreesanth bowled a few short deliveries to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record of 81 centuries on Friday. Though the master remained unbeaten on 140, his unsuccessful attempts to drive Sreesanth's short deliveries over the slips also gave the Kerala pacer some confidence as he was enjoying playing bowling after recovering from injury.
"I am bowling in very good rhythm and enjoying my cricket. I am playing for myself. Previously I used to play for my parents and country. If you do well for yourself it will also help the team," said the Kerala bowler after day three of the five-day Irani Cup match at the Wankhede Stadium.
Talking to reporters on bowling to Sachin Tendulkar, after the end of play on Day three of the Irani Cup tie, Sreesanth said "I got him (Tendulkar) out in my mind."
"I wanted to bowl first in the match, because it was my birthday day before yesterday and my dream was to get him out on my birthday. But obviously I couldn't, he was 140 not out! The plan did work a bit, but unfortunately I bowled a no-ball on a very close call. But no controversies, a no-ball is a no-ball. Inside me I think I did get him out, but according to the rules he's not out, so he stays not out. But I'm happy," Sreesanth told reporters on Friday.
Sreesanth, who played his last Test against England in Aug 2011 has been out of action of the limited overs format since the World Cup final in 2011. Since he was nursing a toe injury, he had to miss a couple of series played after the England tour.
When asked about his chances of making the Test squad for the series against Australia, Sreesanth said "I look forward to being picked against Australia but it's up to the selectors. I was not even sure of being selected to play in the Irani Cup. I am thankful that seven weeks after my toe surgery I am able to play here.
"If I am not selected for Australia Test series I will go and play in the South Zone Subbiah Pillay (ODI) tournament (in Goa)," he said.
With Australia series coming up and selectors all set to pick the squad for the Test series on Sunday, will Sreesanth be given another opportunity remains to be seen.