Sachin produced best in me: Kaneria

Published on Mar 12, 2005 03:22 PM IST

Pak spinner Danish Kaneria, who took six Indian wickets on Friday, says bowling to Sachin Tendulkar brought out the best in him.

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PTI | ByReuters, Mohali

Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who took six Indian wickets in the first Test on Friday, says bowling to Sachin Tendulkar brought out the best in him.

Kaneria took six for 150 on the fourth day but Pakistan were struggling to stave of defeat after being reduced to 257 for six in their second innings, 53 runs ahead.

"He is a world class batsman and everyone knows that," said the Karachi-born bowler, who did not count Tendulkar among his victims. "I tried to raise myself when I was bowling to him. I wanted to show my class too."

He tied down Tendulkar on Thursday when the batsman fell six runs short of a record 35th Test hundred.

Kaneria was particularly happy because India's batsmen are excellent players of the leg spinner's stock delivery that spins into the pads of right-handers.

"I found in this game that most Indian batsmen had trouble reading my googly," he said.

Kaneria, with 108 scalps so far, is the most successful bowler in an inexperienced attack chosen for India.

He bowled a marathon 54 overs in the Indian innings.

"I'll get to bowl long spells because I'm in the squad as a specialist spinner," he said. "I'm used to it."

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