Subramaniam Badrinath insists he never gave up hope of forcing his way back into India’s limited-overs squad despite being ignored by the national selectors for almost three years.
Badrinath’s last one-day match for India was against Sri Lanka back in August 2008, and although he played two Tests against South Africa last February his time increasingly looked to be up as he lost his central contract.
However on Friday he was included in India’s one-day squad to tour the Caribbean next month, despite having already turned 30.
The right-hander maintains that he always kept the faith as he focused on scoring runs in the Indian Premier League as well as in other formats of the game.
“There wasn’t one day I thought I will never get back. I just had that fire in me,” said Badrinath, who was the highest run scorer in the Ranji Trophy last season.
“I have been always striving to be a better player and concentrated on the process. IPL was a huge help; you learn from big cricketers who constantly strive to keep improving. Once you do that, you are going to get just better.”
The call didn’t come as a surprise to Badrinath, given his success on the domestic front in recent times.
“I was expecting it to be honest,” he admitted. “I have been really playing well in recent times and there was news floating around that I would be selected.
“Since I was out for three years in ODIs, it really feels good to be back.
“I was disappointed losing the contract as it meant I wasn’t part of the whole system. I was out of sight. It was a tough phase. I sat down after that and charted out where I wanted to go.
“I set my goals and wanted to come back. They say you learn more from your failures than your success and it’s true for me.”
Although he may be 30 and arguably has some of his best years behind him, Badrinath feels that age is not such a factor so long as cricketers stay in shape.
“Why do they say one is old – it’s just about fitness,” he said. “I have really worked very hard to be fit. I always pride myself on my fitness.” Cricket365