Badrinath looking up to the Australian challenge

October 1st, 2008 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Oct 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu’s middle-order batsman Subramaniam Badrinath realised two dreams Wednesday when he was selected in the Indian squad that will take on the touring Australians in a four-Test series beginning next week.The 28-year-old from Chennai, who was included in the Indian side for the opening two Tests, said: “All my life, I wanted to play for India in a Test match and also compete against Australia. Today, both these dreams were fulfilled.”

Badrinath, long in contention for India colours, made his Ranji Trophy debut for Tamil Nadu eight years ago and has been scoring consistently in domestic competition.

Last season, he averaged 65.90 and was subsequently included in the Indian team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka as a replacement for the injured Sachin Tendulkar. Batting at No.7, he scored a crucial 27 not out on debut to help India win the game at Dambulla.

Reflecting on the Test break, Badrinath admitted that the expectations would be high. “Obviously, it is not easy to fill the big boots of great players, but all of them had to start from scratch, and it will be no different for me,” he said.

Although having a reputation of being a grafter, Badrinath showed that he was no slouch during his innings of 64 off 47 balls for Chennai Super Kings against Punjab and a 53 off 33 against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament this summer.

Looking ahead to the series against Australia, Badrinath said he was working hard on his backfoot play considering the pace battery he will be up against.

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