Won't dance to chin music: Patel
Hero of India's fine batting show in the first one-dayer, Parthiv Patel, said he would continue to play his natural, attacking game irrespective of the conditions and situation. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports.india Updated: Sep 06, 2011 19:44 IST
Hero of India's fine batting show in the first one-dayer, Parthiv Patel, said he would continue to play his natural, attacking game irrespective of the conditions and situation. The tourists are struggling to put together a balanced batting line-up in the second one-dayer following a double-injury blow at Chester-le-Street.
"I don't think I need to change my game at all. I've played like that in West Indies and scored runs; I've done it in the first one-dayer here," said Patel, who scored 95 in the first game.
"It's every individual's responsibility to make sure that if he gets in, he goes on and scores big runs," he added.
The Indian batsmen have been targetted with the short stuff by England and the key to success in the opening game was the way Patel and Ajinkya Rahane handled the rising ball.
"I had the advantage of watching England's bowling in Tests, and they obviously had the plan of bowling short. Before coming here, I was in the nets for seven or eight days working on the short ball because I knew I would be opening the batting.
"Obviously, they will come hard at me with the short balls. But I've worked on it. I'm glad I executed those plans in the first game, which is a start, but I want to continue that," the Gujarat left-hander said.
England holds a special place for Patel, as it was here that he made his debut in 2002. He lost the wicketkeeper's spot but he has fought back with his batting.
"I have this belief that I can play as a batsman in any side. That has kept me going. I had age on my side - when I was dropped, I was only 21…a lot of players do not even start playing at 21. So, I had experience and (my) self-belief kept me going."
First Published: Sep 06, 2011 00:21 IST