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Pathan keen to get early wickets in WI

"I will be more happy if I am known as a bowler," said the pace spearhead.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 10:10 IST

Pace spearhead Irfan Pathan on Wednesday said he would strive to give India early breakthroughs on the upcoming tour of the West Indies starting this month.

"I will be more happy if I am known as a bowler. I will try to give early breakthroughs all the time," said Pathan at a press conference.

Giving early breakthroughs have been Pathan's speciality, and the hat-trick he took at the beginning of the Pakistan's first innings in the third Test in Karachi this year speaks of his ability.

"I'm happy I have been able to contribute (to the team's cause) and will further try to work hard," said the 21-year-old who leaves for the West Indies with the Indian team on Thursday.

India will play five one-day internationals and four Tests in the Caribbean islands starting May 18.

Pathan made his Test and one-day international debuts on the 2003-04 tour of Australia and has taken 89 wickets in 24 Tests and 102 in 59 one-day internationals.

He, however, said he had always got a thrill while batting, even when he was a child.

"I have always enjoyed batting. When I bat, I consider myself a batsman. I play the way I play. And I would like to continue doing that," said the Vadodara-based player.

Pathan's top score in Tests is 93, made against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Delhi in 2005. In ODIs, his highest is 83, also against Sri Lanka in Nagpur last year.

It will be his first tour to the West Indies, and he said he was looking forward to it.

"I have been doing normal things, preparing for the tour. I am just going to give my 100 percent. It's going to be a good and tough series," he said, adding that he had never bowled on the Caribbean pitches.

"I have also heard they have a different culture. I am going to have fun as well," he said.