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Looking to play with more responsibility this season: Mandeep

Mandeep Singh

 Mumbai : Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh is keen to show his mettle in the Ranji Trophy this season and also aims to take up more responsibility as a senior batsman in his team.

“There have been one or two years when the consistency hasn’t been as good in Ranji Trophy. In the multi-day format you should score consistently to get noticed. The aim is to score 3-4 hundreds this season. I will (therefore) focus on the process,” Mandeep told reporters here today after Punjab’s practice session ahead of the Group B Ranji tie against Mumbai, commencing on October 8.

“I am the senior in this side, so the responsibility alsoincreases. I am looking to play more responsibly this season and stay longer at the crease,” he added.

Mandeep, who comes into the match against 40-time champions and hosts Mumbai with a century under his belt that he scored against Railways in Mohali in the Group opener, said his complete focus is on the ongoing championship.

“I scored a century in the first match (of the season) so have got off to a good start. The focus in on continuing the good form. Sometimes you do get to a ton anyway, but the main thing is to continue batting well. Sometimes luck is not on your side, sometimes you are not able to convert the fifties, so my aim is to continue batting well. I will focus on the process more than the outcome,” said Mandeep.

“Right now my focus is on playing in the Ranji Trophy. If I perform well here, then obviously I will get a chance there (in the Indian team for the World T20 Championship at home in March-April, 2016) as well.”

Mandeep has done well in the Indian Premier League, playing for different franchises.

“As you said the I had done well in the IPL and then led India ‘A (to victory against the visiting South Africa in the T20 practice match at the Palam ground in Delhi). If you are doing well in Ranji then the performance counts,” he quipped.

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