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Hoggard bowled in right areas: Jaffer

The opener expressed his disappointment at not getting a maiden Test hundred and also praised the England bowler's effort.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 20:14 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Wasim Jaffer on Friday expressed his disappointment at not getting a maiden Test hundred on his comeback innings in Test cricket and felt the two wickets the home team lost towards the end had pegged them back a bit in the first Test against England.

Jaffer, who scored 81 in the Indian close of play total of 322 for nine in reply to England's first innings 393, said, "Yes, I was disappointed in not getting a hundred and in the fact that we lost five wickets in the morning session.

"But Mohammed Kaif and Anil Kumble batted very well to bring us back. But the loss of their wickets towards the end was also very disappointing.

"Otherwise these two batsmen could have given us the upper hand. Now it's left to the last pair to do the job tomorrow," said Jaffer.

Jaffer said that the ball was reverse-swinging in the morning and England's pacer Matthew Hoggard (5-57) used it to his best advantage by bowling in the right areas.

"Hoggard bowled very well. The ball was reverse swinging a bit and he also bowled in the right areas.

"But the wicket behaved the same way as it was yesterday. I don't think the rains (which lashed the city after the second day's play) had affected the wicket in any way," Jaffer said.

About his own dismissal, caught by rival captain Andrew Flintoff in the slips off Hoggard, Jaffer said he played a bad shot and got out.

"I thought it was a half-volley and attempted to hit it. It was a bad shot," he admitted.

"Obviously I am delighted to be back in the team and in getting runs in my first innings on my comeback. It's not easy to come back. But now I need to focus on getting runs consistently too," he said.

The Mumbai opener also praised the bowling of Monty Panesar, the first Sikh player to represent England in Test cricket, and said he showed lot of potential on his debut.

"He bowled well. Most of his overs were maidens and he managed to keep the pressure at one end when the fast bowlers were attacking at the other.

"It was an important role he did. He also picked up two big wickets (Sachin Tendulkar and Kaif). It was a good performance especially considering he was playing for the first time in Indian conditions," he said.

He also expressed disappointment for Kaif not getting a hundred after getting into the 90s for the first time in his career.

"Getting into the 90s and getting out must be pretty disappointing. But the way he and Kumble batted was very inspiring," he said.

Kaif made 91 and was out to the last ball of the day from Panesar, beaten by the turn and bowled.

Kaif and Kumble had put on a record 128 runs, equaling a 25-year-old record for the wicket against the same opponents in the process, to rescue India from a sorry-reading 190 for seven.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 20:14 IST