A chance to go one level up, says Tripathi

A’ or tour games Playing for India ` strengthens your chances of playing for the country ,” Tripathi, 26, told TOI. “Although, I didn’t have a good Ranji season last year, I played well in the IPL. Somewhere at the back of my mind, I was expecting an opportunity based on my IPL performance.Having said that, I feel getting to play in the BP XI against Australia is bigger than my expectations,” said Tripathi, who had only 185 runs from his bat in 11 innings, an average of 16.81, in the last Ranji Trophy season. Before the tour game call-up, Tripathi’s only focus was to do well for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy .

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To remain match-fit, Tripathi went to Chennai and played for India Pistons in the TNCA first division league. “I didn’t want to waste the time by doing nothing. I wanted to remain in touch with cricket and work on my fitness at the same time. The Tamil Nadu senior division league is a good competition to prepare for the Ranji season ahead,” he said.With Surendra Bhave back as Maharashtra coach, it is more than just a reunion for Tripathi.”I have been working with Bhave sir at the camp. He has taught me a lot over the last many years and I am glad that he is back as Maharashtra coach. I have been working on my shot selection with him. The basics are the same, but shot selection makes all the difference in shorter and longer formats. He is helping me with the process,” he said.

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