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'Selection is not in my hands. All I have to do is go there and get runs'

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Tamil Nadu was 11 for 2 in the Ranji Trophy match against Delhi when you went in to bat. Dilip Vengsarkar was there to watch the match. Were you under pressure?

Yes, I was aware that Dilip Vengsarkar was there watching the match, but I wasn't under any pressure. Even before the match started, I was aware that the national selectors were coming to watch the game. But you just can't let this get into your head, because, then, you will not play your natural game.

All I wanted was to go there and play like in any other cricket match. If I let thoughts like 'the national selectors are watching, I am in the reckoning and I have to score', bother me, it would not allow me to play my natural game.

When you went in to bat the team was in a very bad situation, and you were the captain too.

My team was in a very bad situation. Our team was struggling at 11 for 2. And, that was the only pressure I had.

You played very well under such pressure and got a double century. Did you expect to be selected to the Indian team?

Yes, I played quite well. I knew I was in the reckoning. Yes, I was expecting a call, but it didn't happen.

Were you disappointed?

Hmmm. yes, a bit; but then it happens. I will have to wait, I guess.

How did you get over the disappointment?

I don't want the disappointment to affect me and my performance. I look at it as if everything happens for the best. Maybe I can make my debut in India, maybe in the coming series against the West Indies. One has to carry on and not let disappointments affect one.

What according to you could have been the reason why you were not selected?

Maybe they are looking at more experienced players, because the conditions in South Africa are really hard.

But they were talking about a young team that has to be there for the World Cup. Only when others failed were senior players like Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman called.

The conditions in South Africa are quite testing. I am young in international cricket; I am only 26. If I make my debut in tough conditions in South Africa and do not do well, people will start talking.

Selection is not in my hands. All I have to do is go there and get runs. Only that is in my hands.

The Ranji Trophy matches are going on and I want to do well for Tamil Nadu. Whichever match I am playing, I want to score runs for the team. I don't want any disappointment to get into my head.

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