Rahul Dravid's retirement has given the Indian selectors some major headaches. With a handful of players vying for that spot in the Indian batting order, it remains to be seen as to which of the contenders makes it eventually. One such is the middle order batsman of the Ranji Trophy Champions Rajasthan, Robin Bist.
In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Robin Bist spoke about being selected for India A's ongoing tour of West Indies.
"My dream is to play for India and I'm working hard for it and maybe if I'll get some runs in West Indies initially in the first 2 games obviously I'll think that I'll get a call from the selectors," he said.
Although he was not picked for the first Test against the West Indies A side, there are still opportunities for Bist as two matches are still in the offing.
The highest run-getter in the 2011-12 Ranji season, Bist was not given a single game in IPL 5 by his franchise, Delhi Daredevils.
But Virender Sehwag had good things to say about the youngster.
"He is a good player, good prospect, I am damn sure that once in his life he will get a chance to play for the country because nobody can neglect the performance," Sehwag said during a press conference.
At 5 feet 5 inches, Bist has the same frame as his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. And he has not wasted any time in asking for tips from the 'master blaster'.
"I have talked to Sachin Tendulkar about my backfoot. I was really disturbed when I made just 5 fifties during the 2010-11 season. But after talking to him I have scored 5 hundreds in the 2011-12 season. That's the difference," an ecstatic Bist pointed out.
With a number of power-hitters in the India A side, it might take him some time to prove himself at the highest level. But as has been the case till now, he is bound to be focused on the task at hand rather than worrying about the future.