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Price happy with life’s second chance

cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2009 00:23 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay
Hindustan Times
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The season of 2001-02 saw the rare sight of Sachin Tendulkar not at his commanding best against something he relishes. The left-arm spin of England's Ashley Giles and Zimbabwean Raymond Price made him work hard for runs which didn't come as easily as compared to other visiting spinners.

Giles came over the wicket and pitched it consistently outside leg, irritating the batsman so much that Tendulkar got stumped for the first time in his Test career at Bangalore in December 2001.

Price chose the conventional path of bowling around the stumps and trying to turn the ball away from a middle-off line.

Bowling long and economical spells, this nephew of top golfer Nick Price got Tendulkar in all three innings in that two-Test series in February 2002.

"I did watch Giles bowl over the wicket to Tendulkar. But I prefer bowling around as it gives me a better chance of getting lbw decisions. Plus, Indians are very strong off the legs," said Price, who won two leg-before shouts against Tendulkar in that series.

Here with the Zimbabwe President's XI for the Deodhar Trophy, the 32-year old said he enjoyed the game of patience between his limitations and the mastery of a great batsman.

"I didn't have variation, so my task became simpler and that was to keep looking for that little patch around off-middle. It was about bowling in the right area when the pressure was on.”

Price had a commendable haul of 69 wickets in 18 Tests before he and many more players decided to leave the country, caught in a political turmoil, in 2004. After playing for Worcestershire for four years, he decided to return to Zimbabwe.

The shift has also brought Price back to international cricket, although he is sad that Zimbabwe's Test status has been taken away.

That's another story, but the spinner is happy that life has taken a fresh turn.