Bharat Sundaresan

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  • Even if selectors notice what I am doing, they turn a blind eye’

    Murali Kartik says that he isn't sure if the national selectors will even be aware about his rich haul of wickets for Somerset but he adds that he is still hopeful of a recall to the Indian team.

    While the Indian spinners have struggled in Sri Lanka, a slow bowler who has been repeatedly ignored by Indian selectors, Murali Kartik is enjoying a highly successful stint with Somerset in the English county circuit.


    He has been highest wicket-taker in the County Championship so far this season, despite playing just four of the nine games so far. He has picked up 31 wickets at 12.70 apiece, including 5 five-wicket hauls and twice picking up 10-wicket in a match.


    Speaking to The Indian Express, Kartik says that he isn't sure if the national selectors will even be aware about his rich haul of wickets for Somerset but he adds that he is still hopeful of a recall to the Indian team. Excerpts:


    Somerset have won three out of four first-class games, all their 40 over matches and almost all their

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  • ‘Nobody knows how long career will last’

    Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a promotional event here, the 22-year-old Ishant Sharma admits going through the worst phase of his still-nascent international career.

    Selection meetings haven't really gone Ishant's way either over the last couple of months - be it for the short tour to Zimbabwe, the India A sojourn to England or the Asia Cup - receiving the selectors' snub on each occasion. 


    Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a promotional event here, the 22-year-old admits going through the worst phase of his still-nascent international career. Excerpts:


    How have you been dealing with not being able to play any competitive cricket?


    The more you play, the more you learn. I never say no even when it comes to playing for my company, ONGC. I want to play as many matches as possible because I get to learn a lot by playing more games. But these things aren't in my hand. I have been working hard with my old coach.


    What facets of your bowling have you been

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  • ‘Glad we’re playing more Tests’

    VVS Laxman, who is just seven short of crossing the 7,000-run mark, spoke to The Indian Express about the pressures of playing in only one format and about fitting into the dressing room.

    Of late, VVS Laxman has pretty much become the invisible man of Indian cricket. While he has notched up half-centuries quite regularly, it's easy to miss his languid grace in a line-up that now bristles with aggression and intent.

     

    Having last represented India in a one-dayer more than three years ago, and with India's few Test matches sprinkled between generous doses of limited-over competitions, the 35-year-old middle-order mainstay has been reduced to cameo appearances in whites these days.

     

    Laxman is, however, looking forward to the coming year when, if all goes according to schedule, India will play 12 Tests - including the ongoing series against Bangladesh.

     

    The batsman, who is just seven short of crossing the 7,000-run mark, spoke to The Indian Express about the pressures of playing in only

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