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Abhinav Mukund is ‘hungry’ to play again for India 

Abhinav Mukund is ‘hungry’ to play again for India

Abhinav Mukund has played five Tests for India but all of his appearances for the national team way back in 2011. After being picked in the squad for the West Indies tour, he scored a fifty in the series and was picked for the England tour. He started his England series with a promising knock of 49 but scores of 12,0 and 3 saw him getting omitted from the Indian squad and he never got a call again from the national selectors.

With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay doing well at the top order, the chances of making it to the Indian team looked bleak for the Tamil Nadu opener. The meteoric rise of another opener KL Rahul made the matters worse for him.

However, the left-handed batsman is confident of getting selected in the national team again after making a fine start to the season. In an interview with The Times of India, the southpaw said:”I have been batting well and have started the season on a high. I’m always looking to make a comeback. It’s been five years since I last played for India and I’m hungry to play again.

One of the most consistent performers in the domestic arena, Mukund has scored three centuries in six first-class matches this season and feels that he is on national selectors’ radar.

I think the national selectors have me on the radar. MSK Prasad, chairman of the selection committee, watched me score a hundred against Uttar Pradesh in Dharamsala. Though I didn’t have a chat with him, I suppose he would have taken something out of it,” Mukund said.

The batsman also admitted that the call for this year’s Duleep Trophy came as a pleasant surprise for him.

When asked about whether he was expecting a call for the tournament, he said:”Actually, I wasn’t expecting the call but it was a pleasant surprise. I was ready for the challenge as I had trained hard during the off-season. I scored 77 & 169 in the pink ball match where a lot of batsmen failed.”

A lot of people called him as a one-dimensional player after failing to perform in IPL 2013. Actually,he got just one match in 2013 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 and could score only 19 off 19 balls. He went unsold in the following season but he said that he has the ability to perform in any format of the game.

“A lot of people have done that and have ruled me out of T20s as well. I’m not trying to prove anybody wrong. I have been successful in all the formats and have been consistent. If someone is being branded, then you can’t help it. I also feel these are the factors that kept me out of an IPL contract. But at the end of the day, when you keep scoring runs nobody can stop you. It’s important to take things in a positive way and move forward,” Mukund said.

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