Bopara hopes World Cup will ‘kick-start’ his career

February 13th, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 13(ANI): England batsman Ravi Bopara hopes that his inclusion in England’s 15-man World Cup squad, as a replacement for injured Eoin Morgan, will ‘kick-start his career’.

Derided following his abject performances in the 2009 Ashes series, Bopara’s star has waned dramatically since he burst on to the scene as a teenager with Essex.

“I’ve had a lot of down moments this winter, not seeing my name in any of the squads, but that has just made me more determined. When you are first left out you think you can’t be any more determined to win your place back. But every time it happens it makes you even more determined,” the Daily Express quoted Bopara, as saying.

“At no stage did I think, ‘I’m not going to get a chance again’. I knew I was going to get my chance, it was a question of when it would happen or when I would create it.”

“I haven’t achieved what I should have by this stage of my career, but it’s never too late. I’m still only 25 and there’s a long way to go, and now would be a great time to establish myself,” he added. (ANI)

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