Badrinath: Fate is in my hands

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Batsman Subramaniam Badrinath is determined to remind the national selectors of his talented via an outstanding stretch of form at domestic level.

Batsman Subramaniam Badrinath is determined to remind the national selectors of his talented via an outstanding stretch of form at domestic level.

Badrinath, who represents Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy, has not played Test cricket since 2010. While a score of 56 against South Africa in Nagpur promised more, twin failures in his next two innings largely disappointed.

The right-handed Badrinath hasn't been selected for the Test team since, despite being earmarked for a return in the wake of the veteran VVS Laxman's retirement. He has, however, garnered seven ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 International.

"I want to make a statement this season. It's not just with words, I want to do it with my bat," Badrinath told the <i>Deccan Chronicle</i>. "I want to do something big which will let the national selectors know that I'm here to perform.

And that's what I tried to do two years ago when I was the highest run-scorer [in 2010-11. I want to give my best and play with authority. Then perhaps I can get back into the international side.

"I would love to hear an answer from someone, why I did not get another chance. I don't have an answer. I scored a 50 on my Test debut against South Africa and we lost that match. We won the next match with me having just one hit with the bat.

"After Laxman retired, I was drafted into the team against New Zealand but I didn't play a single match and, in the next series, I lost my place. After that I never got a chance. I don't want to complain or sulk saying that I haven't been in the team. I'm approaching this season with my fate in my hands."

The 32-year-old has been key to the Chennai Super Kings' success in the Indian Premier League, scoring 1441 runs in 67 innings at a strike-rate of 118.89 across six editions of the Twenty20 tournament.

While favour and form have evaded him in international cricket, his consistency for the Super Kings has played its part in two title-winning campaigns. His role in 2013, however, was considerably outshone by the impressive contributions of the left-handed Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"T20 is not my natural game. I have a different set of skills and I don't think stamping authority means only hitting sixes. Playing a crucial role in winning is important. I know I'm not a Raina or a Dhoni," he added.

"I have played a few ODIs for the country and a lot of List A and T20 domestic matches. I would like to be known as a player who can play all the three formats. I don't want to be branded as a Test or ODI or T20 player. I have always strived to be a cricketer for all seasons. I have been doing well for CSK under pressure situations."

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