Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria is aiming to play a vital role in his team’s campaign in the opening Test against India here at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Kaneria, who finished the second day at 1-44 from 17 overs, is relishing the prospects of bowling against India in the last innings on a wicket that is likely to become a paradise for slow bowlers in the final two days of the Test.
“I’m ready to play a vital role for my team in this Test,” Kaneria told reporters after taking the key wicket of Indian vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just before stumps. Kaneria has been Pakistan’s first choice spinner in recent seasons but is criticised for failing to win matches for his team. Kaneria, however, said that he is under no pressure to perform.
“I believe I’ve done well for my team in the past and look forward to taking some wickets in this Test,” he said. Kaneria said that Dhoni’s wicket has really helped his team’s cause. “Dhoni is a very good and aggressive batsman and can score at a fast rate which is why his wicket was very important,” he explained.
Kaneria said that with India 228-6 while chasing Pakistan’s first innings total of 231, the match is very much even. “This Test is evenly balanced because India will have to bat last here and it won’t be easy on this wicket,” he said.
But Kaneria was quick to add that Pakistan will have to remove the last four Indian batsmen cheaply this morning. “It is very important for us to finish the Indian innings quickly and put on some runs on the board,” he explained.
The tall spinner said that Pakistan’s cause was helped by a forceful showing from the pacers. “The fast bowlers did a great job while the run out of (Sachin) Tendulkar also helped us a lot because after that we took some quick wickets,” he remarked.
Kaneria praised the performance of debutant medium pacer Sohail Tanvir, who took 2-75. “It was a good first match for Sohail and I’m sure the two wickets he took today will help him gain more confidence,” he added.
The bowler said that the Kotla wicket is getting slower but pointed out that lack of sunlight means that the strip has stayed firm. “The wear and tear hasn’t started because there isn’t much sunlight to dry the wicket,” he explained.
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