Chennai: Veteran Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath is eying the upcoming domestic season to "make a statement" to the BCCI selection panel, in hopes that a mountain of runs will force a recall to the Indian Test team.
"I want to make a statement this season. It's not just with words, I want to do it with my bat," Badrinath told Deccan Chronicle. "I want to do something big which will let the national selectors know that I'm here to perform. And that's what I tried to do two years ago when I was the highest run-getter [in 2010-11]. I want to give my best and play with authority."
Badrinath, 32, has been a force to reckon with on the Ranji Trophy circuit since the mid-2000s, amassing 5843 runs at 57.85 for his home state of Tamil Nadu, inclusive of 21 centuries. For South Zone he has over 100 runs at 58.11, with a best of 2000. Representing India A, Badrinath has 852 runs at a whopping average of 213, with 200* his highest.
But he has played just two Test matches for the country, both against South Africa in early 2010. He made a fifty on debut but was dropped after that two-match series and has never been picked again. Badrinath has played seven ODIs between August 2008 and June 2011.
Asked about why he has been constantly ignored by the national selectors, he said: "I would love to hear an answer from someone. I don't have an answer. I scored a fifty on my Test debut against South Africa and we lost that match. We won the next match with me having just one hit with the bat. I haven't played a Test since then.
"After [VVS] Laxman retired, I was drafted into the team against New Zealand but I didn't play a single match and, in the next series, I lost my place. After that I never got a chance. I don't want to complain or sulk saying that I haven't been in the team. I'm approaching this season with my fate in my hands."