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I want to score in all positions: Das

Subhamoy Das, at the Eden, on Friday. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Subhamoy Das, who missed a century against Rajasthan by just five runs at the Eden on Friday, feels he’s comfortable batting at any position.

Not having been a regular with the team in the recent past, he opened the innings against the defending champions despite being more of a middle-order batsman.

“I’m comfortable both in the middle-order and while opening the innings. I always aim to make most of the chances I get… I want to score runs at any position.

“I know my role as a senior and am trying to fulfil that role. Playing for Bengal is a good enough motivation. I’m happy to have played a role, though a bit disappointed at having missed a century,” said Subhamoy, who had got to play only one match in the previous Ranji Trophy season.

Bengal finished the bad light-interrupted opening day at 187 for four. A total of 88 minutes was lost with play not being possible in the final session.

Does he think this innings will help establish his place in the side? “I don’t think too much about the future… I live in the present.”

Subhamoy said he enjoyed batting with captain Manoj Tiwary during their 95-run partnership for the third wicket.

“Manoj always helps with his inputs while batting … Hope we were not dismissed… But with Wriddhiman (Saha) and the others around, we can still reach a big total.”

Subhamoy didn’t wish to comment on the desired total on this wicket.

“It’s tough to say… The wicket is playing true and there’s nothing much to worry about… Let’s see how the morning session goes on the second day.”

Rajasthan’s Pankaj Singh, who took three wickets on Friday, said he was keen to perform without thinking too much about being picked for the national side.

“I’ve been performing consistently for the past three to four years and wish to continue doing the same… The other things are not in my hands.”

The greenish wicket prompted Rajasthan to pick three seamers in their side and that also led to their decision of fielding first. Is he happy with the way things have turned out?

“With three seamers we decided to bowl… But there are still three days left and anything can happen. If we can pick a few early wickets the next morning…”

Is he happy with the wicket? “It’s good… You expect these sort of conditions in India and we’re quite used to it,” Pankaj said.