I'm really enjoying myself: Pathan

Pathan picked up two man of the match awards in the recent series against Lanka and one against South Africa.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2005 16:22 IST

Indian left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan, who picked up the man of the match award in the second one-dayer against South Africa here Saturday, said that he is enjoying his purple patch.

"I am really enjoying myself. I had a bad series earlier in the year (against Pakistan) but I've come back well this season. The team management and support staff have helped me immensely," Pathan told reporters after picking up his fifth man of the match in one-dayers.

"My stint in the county cricket (with Middlesex) helped a lot. I learnt a lot there and it also helped me regain my fitness," he added.

Asked about his success as a batsman after being regularly promoted to the one-down slot, Pathan said there was no pressure on him as he was not thinking about his batting.

"I don't think about my batting and that has helped me enjoy it and be successful in it. I don't know if I can say that I'm ready to be an all-rounder now or later but I'm enjoying myself now," the 21-year-old said.

His captain Rahul Dravid also backed him saying that the time to label him an all-rounder had not come yet.

"Pathan's primary job is that of a wicket-taking bowler and we're happy as long as he's doing that. Anything beyond that is a bonus and we'll take it," Dravid said.

"We don't want to put undue pressure on him now with an all-rounder tag," Dravid declared.

After a disappointing home series against Pakistan earlier this year, Pathan came back strongly against the Sri Lankans in the just concluded series.

Pathan picked up two man of the match awards in the recent series, one at Mohali in the second match for breaking the back of the Lankan batting order with a four-wicket haul and another at his home ground at Baroda with an all round performance with the bat and ball.

First Published: Nov 20, 2005 15:08 IST