• After scoring a Test century on debut, Suresh Raina was treated to a celebration dinner by Sachin Tendulkar. But before that, he took time off to speak to The Indian Express.

    After scoring a Test century on debut, Suresh Raina was treated to a celebration dinner by Sachin Tendulkar. But before that, he took time off to speak to The Indian Express. Excerpts:


    What was going through your head on Wednesday night


    I was not tense. I knew that if Sachin (Tendulkar) and I can get a good partnership the match will be in our favour. My morale was good and Sachin kept telling me I was looking good at the wicket. I was learning from Sachin.


    Your Test debut was unexpected.


    Jo kismat mein hota hai woh milta hi hai. The satisfaction of making a hundred in a Test match is a completely different feeling.


    The bouncer has troubled you in the past, but today you handled it well.


    I had worked hard with regard to the bouncer. I knew they would come hard at me. I think people knew about it (bouncer). From

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  • 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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  • Despite being "very disappointed", S Sreesanth remained positive about the gruelling season ahead. Excerpts from an interview to Hindustan Times.

    India: Twenty-four hours after S Sreesanth injured his knee during India's warm-up session, his worst fears came true. He has been ruled out of the three-match Test series due to a "medial collateral ligament tear", an injury that will take around four weeks to heal. It was a shattered Sreesanth as he packed his bags on Monday.


    Despite being "very disappointed", Sreesanth remained positive about the gruelling season ahead. Excerpts from an interview to Hindustan Times:


    After the remarkable comeback in Kanpur (against Sri Lanka), you were down with swine flu. Now this.


    What can I say? I was free of injuries for six months, suddenly this happens. There're some things in life you can't control. I will meet a good knee specialist and get it sorted out. I was looking forward to being the silent killer again, that's what I was in Kanpur. I was

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