Pathan down in confidence: Chappell


Indian cricket team’s coach Greg Chappell accepts that Irfan Pathan is down in confidence and hopes the pacer can turn it around by the time the first Test of the series starts on Friday.

“He (Pathan) is struggling because he is down in confidence at the moment. He is probably trying a little bit too hard which is easy to do when things are not going well. We are hoping he can turn it around quickly,” Chappell said after Pathan, lynchpin of Indian attack, went for 70 runs in his 11 overs against a sub-par Antigua XI on opening day of the two-day practice match here.

“May be he is trying to bowl a little bit quicker. It is confidence think getting ball in the right areas. You really don’t have a big margin for error. If you get it too full or too short, these (West Indies) players will hit it,” Chappell noted.

Pathan’s dismal form on this tour could probably lead to Chappell to rethink on his five-bowler theory. “I still feel five bowlers is the way to go. But you want horses for courses and different conditions require different things,” he said.

Chappell didn’t want his team to repeat mistakes which they did in the One-day International (ODI) series against the West Indies and ended up as 4-1 losers. “In the ODI series, I don’t think we adjusted to the conditions, batting or bowling. In bowling, we were just not consistent enough with the length. We varied too much,” Chappell stated.

Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on June 2nd, 2006 with no comments.
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