Tanvir was unplayable, says Laxman
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Tanvir was unplayable, says Laxman

Praising Pak’s bowling, the Indian batsman said, “Shoaib, Sami and Tanvir bowled really well. I found Tanvir unplayable."

cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2007 03:09 IST
Anam Arsalan
Anam Arsalan
Hindustan Times

“A good first innings lead is what we are focussing on,” said VVS Laxman while addressing reporters after the second day’s proceedings.

“Tomorrow morning will be very crucial as we need a big lead. More so as the pitch is low and deteriorating and playing in the fourth innings will be very tough.

“Ideally, I would have liked if MS Dhoni had stayed on till the end as a good partnership is very important,” he added.

Still, Laxman was happy with the stand he shared with Dhoni. “The situation was pretty tense as we had lost three wickets for 73.”

Praising Pakistan’s bowling, he said, “Shoaib, Sami and Tanvir bowled really well. Personally speaking, I found Tanvir unplayable.

“It’s difficult to adjust to his bowling. But, I would still say Shoaib bowled the best.”

Earlier, Danish Kaneria fielded questions. The leg spinner, too, spoke on the pitch. “The sun hasn’t been shining and it hasn’t been able to dry. The misty conditions have only made it low and slow.”

Kaneria, who was responsible for breaking the Laxman-Dhoni partnership, said, “Dhoni aisa batsman hai jo scoreboard main aag laga deta hai (he sets the scoreboard on fire).

“It was certainly an important wicket for me. I must say my hard work paid off.

“Tomorrow, we will have to get them out early and get on with the batting. “A good second innings target will help us out as it will put pressure on the Indians. Ideally, it should be around 300 runs.”

Speaking on his role ahead, Kaneria said, “I will have a vital role in the fourth innings when the wicket would have worn out completely.”

Praising Tanvir, he said, “He sent back Ganguly and Dravid. That I think was impressive.”

He brushed aside the thinking that Pakistan were a bowler short. “I don’t think that was the case as we claimed five scalps.”

On why skipper Shoaib Malik did not bowl, Kaneria replied, “As captain he did what he thought was best.”

First Published: Nov 23, 2007 23:49 IST