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  Saturday, 4 May, 2002, 07:17 GMT 08:17 UK
Maiden ton eludes Sarwan
Sarwan takes a breather
Sarwan has a laid-back style at the crease
West Indies batting prospect Ramnaresh Sarwan insists he is happy with his progress at Test level despite missing out once again on a maiden century.

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The 21-year-old made 60 to help his side reach 314 for four at the end of day two in the second Test against India, a lead of 212.

It was the 11th time he has passed 50 since making his debut as a teenager two years ago, but has so far been unable to convert any of them into a three figures.

"The century has been on my mind for a while and I keep getting reminded about it, but I don't want it to prey on me.

"I just want to concentrate on my batting and the runs will come," said Sarwan, who was caught at gully as he attempted to drive left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra.


"I'll take the 60 because I helped the team do well.
Ramnaresh Sarwan

"I would say the main reason for my getting out is lack of concentration, coupled with bad shot selection at times.

"I seem to be scoring a lot of my runs straight down the wicket early, but in the latter part of my innings I start to hit the ball a lot squarer. That could be one of the reasons for my downfall."

Sarwan's situation is similar to that of fellow Guyanese Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made 13 half centuries before finally scoring 137 not out against India in his 19th Test appearance.

The current game is Sarwan's 20th Test and although a hundred continues to elude him, he is developing the art of consistency.

Since the start of the year, his Test scores have been 88, 30, 17, 48, 69, 66, 53, 35, 41 and 60 - 507 runs at an average of 50.7.

"I'm pretty pleased about the way I'm batting right now. I hope sometime during the season I'll be able to convert one of those fifties into a hundred," he added.

"We are in a really good position. There are three more days left and by tomorrow we hope to post a lead of 300 and take it from there."


India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Shiv Sunder Das, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Ajay Ratra, Wasim Jaffer, Ashish Nehra.

West Indies: Carl Hooper (capt), Chris Gayle, Stuart Williams, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ridley Jacobs, Mervyn Dillon, Cameron Cuffy, Adam Sanford, Pedro Collins.

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