India in West Indies, 2011 May 13, 2011

Badrinath was expecting the India call-up

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S Badrinath has said that he was expecting his selection for the ODI series against West Indies after three years in the wilderness. Badrinath was disappointed after losing his central contract last season but that inspired him to regroup and reset his targets.

"I was expecting it [the selection call] to be honest. I have been really playing well in recent times and there was news floating around that I would be selected," Badrinath said. "Since I was out for three years in ODIs, it really feels good to be back."

Though he lost his place in ODIs, he last played for India in February 2010 in the Test series against South Africa. He was soon dropped from the side and lost his central contract later.

"I was disappointed losing the contract as it meant I wasn't part of the whole system. I was out of sight. It was a tough phase. I sat down after that and charted out where I wanted to go. I set my goals and wanted to come back. They say you learn more from your failures than your success and it's true for me."

Badrinath had a stellar domestic season and that form continued into this year's IPL. He said he never had any doubt that he would be unable to make a comeback to the national team. "There wasn't one day I thought I will never get back. I just had that fire in me. I have been always striving to be a better player and concentrated on the process. IPL was a huge help; you learn from big cricketers who constantly strive to keep improving. Once you do that, you are going to get just better."

His critics have cited his age - 30 years - as a deterring factor but Badrinath said it made him work that much harder on his fitness. "Why do they say one is old - it's just about fitness. I have really worked very hard to be fit. I always pride on my fitness."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 16, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    @mohaseen:-Buddy get the facts right before saying some thing Look at the avg of rohit in 60 odis just over 27,rohit and badri both are selected based on domestic matches.rohit has got huge talent he can play the pull shot which is good,but what is use of having enough talent and not proving it.I guess badri deserves a chance atleast 5 one days matches.at age of 30 he is still fit and have good technique.hope he dosent miss the chances.regarding the westindies fast bowlers i am sure we would play well,since we have played the attack of morkel,dale and totobe in south africa.only rampaul is good and roach as well.while not the rest is what i feel

  • dummy4fb on May 16, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    @Mohaseen Khan - You mean to say Dale Steyn is a mediocre bowler. He was the one who demolished India in the First innings of Nagpur test. Check out this link. http://www.espncricinfo.com/indvrsa2010/engine/match/441825.html . See who withstood a hostile spell of fiery pace and swing. Better check your facts before posting comments. Go Badri Go

  • Jaga2011 on May 15, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Badri is a definitely a clever batsman. But I still feel that his power shots do not come off with timing/power and often sadly fall a few feet away instead of the beyond the fence. He really needs to put on some muscle for power shots. Eat better, Badri!

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    All the very best to him. Much deserving. One word of advice - tie the sting of your trousers a little tighter! :)

  • dk12345 on May 15, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK BADRI... IM A SRILANKAN BUT IM CONTINUESLY WATCHING EACH AND EVERY ONE PERFORMANCE... HATS OFF TO SELECTION COMMITTEE... this is ur time 2 prove urself.. i like ur shots selection and strokes.. when u come 2 the creace u always cool n calm n playing good cricket shots.. bcoz of u CSK won so many matches... even though if u take ranji trophy ur palying briliantly... GOD BLESS U BADRI...

  • SachinLara1 on May 15, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    vijay hasn't done well 11matches so no place 4 him...rohit hasnt done well in 61 matches yet he s in?????think dat rahane should b in 4 him..am i right..

  • Raj12345 on May 15, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    All Badri hates, please go and read Dravid comment about Badri. That is enough to say he is a great player. If raina has given chances even though his last 2 years not crossed 1000 runs,and produced less than 10 50s, then why not new comers. When Vijay is given 11 matches chances and why not Mukund/Rahane for 1 match. I am sure selectors & some group will try to hide and discard both Puraja & Rahane now.

    Uthappa - not seen scoring in any format, no idea why people cry for him. More over he didn't play cricket for sometime due to injury. Only established players can play for India even though they r not fit and injured. we have to keep this in our mind. Good luck india. No matter who plays, now win is our side.

  • sweetspot on May 15, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    There are actually people on this board that think Amit Mishra is as good as Dhoni in batting! Oh, yes, and maybe Chhota Bheem can be the captain! Badri is a class act. I've never seen him struggle for time or timing against any bowling attack he has faced so far. Now, he's also got some innovations to his already solid batting and he is still very SOLID. Rohit Sharma, has oodles of talent, but he still needs to learn to grit it out and become consistent. Badri, nothing to worry about. He is fanatical about his fitness, thinks about the game all the time, and NEVER throws his wicket. Some doubts have been raised about Raina, but time and again Raina has showed he has a great head. He will overcome whatever hurdles he faces. That short ball doesn't work against him anymore! Has anybody noticed?

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    finally..good to see somone like badri getting a chance..though ppl will argue here tht it is a tamil selection, but i am not from tamil nadu, yet i am very happy to see badri in the team...his game is just like mike hussey, and he will be definitely mr.cricket from india, not indian mr.cricket..though i don't know why ambathi rayudu was not given a chance..and also, there were 2 or 3 who should have been given chances..

  • RogerC on May 15, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Whatever India achieved in the last 3 years is due to Dhoni's captaincy. The team didn't change much since 2000, but big successes have come only after Dhoni's leadership started.

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