We’ve an upper hand in the match: Irfan Pathan
Thrilled after making his maiden ton, star all-rounder Irfan Pathan said India have taken an upper hand in the second Test and the bowlers would go straight for the jugular on Monday to pin down Pakistan.cricket Updated: Dec 10, 2007 01:04 IST
Thrilled after making his maiden ton, star all-rounder Irfan Pathan said India have taken an upper hand in the second Test and the bowlers would go straight for the jugular on Monday to pin down Pakistan.
Having cracked 102 and adding a massive and unexpected 178 runs with Sourav Ganguly (239) for the seventh wicket, Pathan said the track would assist the bowlers on the morrow and India would go all out against the Pakistani batsmen.
"This wicket is going to crack further and the ball is going to keep low. It was a fresh wicket we batted on the first two days but tomorrow it will tend to help the bowlers," he said. "We've an upper hand now in this Test," he added.
On his maiden Test ton, the youngster said it was "a great feeling". "Ever since the day I came to Indian cricket, I have been doing well in one-dayers, bowling pretty well and batting pretty well. But when it comes to Test cricket I never thought that I would score a hundred in my comeback match. It's a great feeling to get a first Test hundred this way," an elated Pathan said.
Asked if captain Anil Kumble should have declared earlier to give some more time to the bowlers to attack Pakistan, Pathan said, "I don't think there was any delay. The timing was perfect and he waited for me to complete the century. We got 600 plus runs in quicker time than expected and that was a plus point," he reasoned.
Commenting on Ganguly's glorious double century, Pathan said, "On any day, a double hundred is a great achievement. I consider myself lucky as I was with him when he did that."
Asked whether playing in these kinds of pitches was detrimental to Test cricket and whether it would do the Indian team any good in view of their preparation for the tough Australian tour ahead, Pathan declined to get into a matter that was probably bound to be controversial if he offered comment.
"I don't want to say more on these pitches. We have to play on all kinds of pitches that are given to us. We've to just do our duty," he said.