Australia’s young fast bowling sensation James Pattinson, who picked up four for 43, feels that the Indian batsmen have been intimidated with the aggression of the Australian quicks.
The Indian batting collapsed yet again and were bundled out for 191 runs in their first innings in the second Test against Australia. Pattinson took four wickets while the experienced duo of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus shared three each on the opening day of the 100th Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“I think they (India) are probably intimidated about the way we are bowling, the areas we are bowling, we are not giving them any loose balls,” Pattinson told reporters.
“For them they have probably got it in their mind 'where are we going to score', because they are not getting any loose balls at the moment. Intimidation comes with us bowling really well,” he said referring to their nagging off-stump line to the struggling Indian batters.
Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, who have an impressive record at the SCG, could not show much resistance against the Australian pace trio. Both fell to Pattinson with Tendulkar (41) playing on and Laxman edging a full delivery to Shaun Marsh at second slip.
Pattinson revealed how they have been able to contain Laxman so far in the series.
“He (Laxman) has had great success against Australia in the past and that is something we have looked at, but if you bowl good balls it doesn't matter how good they are. On your day you can get them out, and I think early on they are coming pretty hard at us, looks like they want to score.
“To get Sachin out is something I wouldn't forget in my life. It's a very special feeling...but it was very unlucky for him as it was quite a wide delivery,” Pattinson added.