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Kartik eyeing recall

Somerset star wants international return

Last Updated: 17/02/12 3:51pm

Murali Kartik says he still believes he's good enough to force his way into the India setup.

"It's funny because I took six for 27 against Australia in a One Day International and then got dropped after that."

Murali Kartik

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The Somerset spinner has not featured in a Test match since 2004, while his last outing for the one day side came against Pakistan in 2007.

The 34-year-old has had to contest for a place in the side with India legend Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh for much of his career, and he admits he was always behind both men in the selectors' minds.

Kumble's retirement in 2008 looked to have paved the way for Kartik to return to the international scene, but despite a recall failing to materialise, he says he isn't giving up hope just yet.

"That's one of the reasons that I'm playing county cricket as well, because as long as I know that I'm as good as anyone and I'm still doing my bit I'm hopeful of a recall," he told Cricket AM.

"I was always third in the pecking order there and I've sat out numerous Test matches. Once Anil left I thought that was possibly the best chance for me to stake a claim along with Harbhajan, but I don't know what happened, nothing went right for me after that.

"Unfortunately for me I had an ankle injury. I twisted my ankle just before the South Africa Test and they replaced me with someone else and after that they didn't pick me.

"It's funny because I took six for 27 against Australia in a One Day International and then got dropped after that. We won a Test match against Australia, again and the next morning I was dropped.

"Sometimes you don't know why such things happen, but it happened and that's destiny."

Little Master

The former Lancashire star may have played a bit part for his country since his debut in 2000, but he has had the privilege of playing with one of the game's greatest players in Sachin Tendulkar.

And Kartik revealed that like everyone else, he was in absolute awe of the 'Little Master' and in particular the way he has dealt with such an intense spotlight.

"He's had to deal with it since he on burst onto the scene and people love him, and rightly so," Kartik added.

"What he has achieved in cricket... people would like to achieve 10 per cent of what he has done. He has a steady head on his shoulders whereby he has been able to hold himself with dignity all through his career.

"You hardly see him associated with anything controversial and that's something brilliant about that human being.

"He's a very humble person, when you meet him or if you know him, he's one of the nicest guys to know."