Ranadeb Bose has lashed out against national selector Ranjib Biswal for suggesting he was not quick enough. Biswal, the East Zone selector in the five-member committee, said recently that it was tough to "fight" for Bose because the team management believes he "is almost as slow as Dada (Sourav Ganguly)."
Hurt by the statement, Bose said, "If he has said that, he's lying. Nobody in his right mind can say I am as slow as Souray. I was between 132-134 kmph at the Challenger Trophy. It was live on TV and those who want can check. Souray bowls at around 120 and the difference in our pace is significant. Biswal saw me in the recent Ranji match against Orissa where the keeper was collecting it from near his chest. I must say he is a liar if he says I bowl at Sourav's pace."
Biswal had also said that the competition for the fast bowler's slot for Australia tour was between Pathan, Ishant, Munaf, VRV Singh and Pankaj Singh. "Of the five, only VRV and Pankaj are faster than me," Bose said. "Given the pace Munaf has bowled at of late, that is. And I am not talking about performance, since the selector has talked just about pace.
"I know I don't have a chance to play for India anymore. Maybe because I don't do a lot of things like sending messages to certain people on their birthdays, marriage anniversaries or don't try to please them by doing things that go beyond performing in the cricket field. It's disappointing, but I have to accept it."