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Mithun Ecstatic, Kumble And Viswanath Hail Selection

PTI 28 Jan 2010, 16:51:09 PM IST

An ecstatic  on Thursday  described his national selection as reward for his hard work, while former players Anil Kumble and GR Viswanath hailed the fiery pacer's inclusion in the Indian team for the first Test against South Africa next month. Delighted with the call-up for the Test match against South Africa beginning on February 6 at Nagpur, Mithun said it was a great feeling for him. 

"I am feeling really great. I cannot express how I feel," an excited Mithun told PTI from Indore where he is playing Duleep Trophy. "The opportunity to play for India is a reward for my hard work and performance," said the 20-year-old player who made his first class debut only this season. 

Mithun was in sensational form this year and emerged as the highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy with 47 scalps. His three-wicket burst in the first innings against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy yesterday convinced the national selection committee about his potential. Though confident of doing well against the South Africans, Mithun said he was not thinking beyond the first match. 

"I will take each match at a time. I will continue to work hard and improve my bowling. If I do that I should be able to live up to people's expectations," said Mithun. Mithun's selection got the stamp of approval from former India captain Anil Kumble. PTI