Lakshmipathy Balaji, included in the Indian squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, is delighted to be back.
“I first want to thank the almighty for his support. It is great to be in the Indian team again. I will give it my best shot,” Balaji told The Hindu, here on Friday.
The never-say-die Balaji — he last played for India in an ODI in Sri Lanka in 2009 — believes he has evolved as a bowler. “I have grown as an individual, mentally and physically and become a more complete seamer.”
The paceman, with 27 Test scalps and 34 ODI wickets, feels he has the attributes to add to the Indian attack in the Twenty20 format. “The IPL experience has been a learning one. You cope with the pressures better in this format and mix up your deliveries.
“I can bowl the yorker, the slower one and the short-pitched ball to contain and dismiss batsmen,” Balaji said.
“During the tough times, I have kept my faith. This will be my first World Cup for India in any format. It is an honour and a challenge,” he added.