New Delhi: Lakshmipathy Balaji feels that it is his IPL stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders that has helped him make a comeback into the national side.
"I attribute my comeback to the national team, to my stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. I have been in good form for the past two seasons for the Knights and I am grateful that the selectors have taken notice of my performance," Balaji said.
"The fact that IPL is an international tournament helps you to assess your exact standard among the international cricketers. It felt good that I was able to perform in all kinds of conditions and different pressure situations.
"I have bowled to the best batsmen in the world and I knew that I am good enough to play for my national team," said Balaji, who took 10 wickets in eight games for the Knights during IPL-V.
One of the primary reasons for Balaji's inclusion has been his effectiveness at the death and the variation in his slower deliveries.
"Obviously, as you grow older, you become more sure about your strengths and abilities. I have definitely matured as a bowler in these years. You can say that I am more confident that I can perform at the international level," the soft-spoken seasoned campaigner added.