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'It felt great to take Pietersen's wicket'

Sreesanth expressed his happiness in taking the wicket of the England batsman and said he was one of the batsmen he admired in the modern game.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 20:01 IST

Debutant Shantakumaran Sreesanth expressed his happiness in taking the wicket of England middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen on the first day of the opening Test on Wednesday and said he was one of the batsmen he admired in the modern game.

"It was one wicket I dreamt of taking. Pietersen is among my favourite batsmen in modern day cricket. It felt great to take his wicket," said the 23-year-old, who became only the second Keralite to play for India.

Sreesanth, who had played against the South Africa-born English batsman in the Duleep Trophy two years ago when Pietersen came with the England A team, said that the first wicket that he took in Test cricket— that of opener Andrew Strauss— was well planned.

"There was a wide second slip. It was planned. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't," the rookie bowler said about the dismissal of the left-handed Strauss.

The England opener chased a wide ball and was caught brilliantly by Venkatsai Laxman which broke the opening wicket stand between him and debutant Alastair Cook at 56.

"It was great to take my first Test wicket. Andrew Strauss is a world class batsman. I did the basics right," said the youngster after claiming 2-56.

"The ODI experience helped. I took the game as another first class game. I made my ODI debut also on this ground. I owe something to this ground," said the young fast bowler who was handed over his Test cap by selection committee chairman Kiran Moreon Wednesdaymorning.

Sreesanth said that he had learned to be persistent, have faith in himself, be honest and dedicated and be himself during his fledgling career.

Sreesanth, who was warned once for trodding on the danger area, said a similar experience in domestic cricket helped him in not repeating the mistake.

"I was taken off after repeating the mistake in the Duleep Trophy. I remembered that incident and I was confident of not repeating it today," said the bowler.

Sreesanth said the ball had started to reverse swing by the 16th over. "It happens on dry wickets and with SG Test balls," he pointed out.

"I keep saying to myself not to worry and that I am a good bowler (after every ball as he walks up to the top of his run-up)," he explained when queried on the subject.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 20:01 IST