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I overcame a hurdle in Pak: Collingwood

The England batsman said he exorcised a few ghosts on the tour of Pakistan and the runs he got there gave him confidence to do well in India.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 20:04 IST

England's middle order batsman Paul Collingwood on Thursday said he exorcised a few ghosts on the tour of Pakistan and the runs he got there gave him confidence to do well in India.

Collingwood found his maiden hundred which guided England from a shaky overnight 246 for 7 to 393 in the first innings against India on the second day of the first Test here.

"I got over a little hurdle in Pakistan making a few runs. The runs I got in Pakistan (96 and 80 in the Lahore Test) gave me confidence of doing well here," the 29-year-old Durham player said.

The century also marked the coming of age for the right-hander who has played 85 ODIs as compared to only five Tests before this series.

"When I got the hundred it was a great relief. I got to give credit for the last three batsmen (Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Monty Panesar)," he said in praise of the tailender.

"They hung in well. Harmison came and played a few shots to take the pressure off me and I was confident of (debutant) Monty after seeing him at the nets. He showed no pressure," he said.

He was 59 when Hoggard was dismissed and on 79 when last man Panesar joined him at 327 for nine and the duo added 66 for the last wicket, the number 11's contribution being 9.

Asked about the six he hit to move from 93 to 99 and then the three with another lofted shot, Collingwood said "I was lucky that it went for three when I tried to hit another six."

Collingwood, who made his county debut in 1995, said that when the day started the team was looking at 300 as a realistic total to get.

"We were feeling that 300 was a realistic target and anything in excess would be good," he admitted.

Collingwood said that his forced rest after developing back spasm in the opening warm-up game against a Cricket Club of India eleven at Mumbai helped him in playing a long innings in the heat.

"I would like to have played those games, to be honest. But I felt pretty fresh when I stepped out yesterday," he said.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 20:04 IST