Pitch may help bowlers more from Day 3: Irfan

Bangalore, Dec 9 (UNI) Irfan Pathan, the third centurion in India's mammoth first innings total of 626, today said that the wicket at M Chinnaswamy stadium was likely to help bowlers a little more after aiding the batsmen during the first two days.

Speaking to newspersons after the second day's play in which he scored his maiden century, the Baroda all rounder said if Pakistan could match India's first innings total it will be a great achievement for them.

''We have the upper hand now and tomorrow's play will be crucial for us. Let's see how much they can make. The wicket is keeping low and this will help the bowlers a little more,'' he said.

Pathan was visibly happy on scoring his first century after an 18-month hiatus, when he was kept out of the Indian side due to indifferent form. ''I am very happy to get my first century.

However, I still consider myself as bowler first, though I want to put greater effort while batting. I never thought I could score a century in a Test so soon after coming back to the Indian team. This effort will boost me to perform better with the ball as well,'' he added.

On Ganguly's double century, he said it was great to watch the Kolkata star batsman bat with authority. It was a great achievement and a memorable innings, he said.


Story first published: Sunday, December 9, 2007, 19:06 [IST]
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