India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

'Good to get the four best players of spin' - Wiseman

Samanth Subamanian

October 11, 2003

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Wiseman might have scored a few, but it was with the ball that he had fun © AFP

Paul Wiseman has been to India twice before. Finally, on his third visit, the results are beginning to come through. On a chaotic day where India's batsmen threw their bats at everything in pursuit of quick runs Wiseman helped himself to four wickets. Excerpts from a post-play press conference:

About his four wickets in the second innings
Of course, it feels great, although I would have felt a lot better if I hadn't dropped a catch off Daniel Vettori's bowling. But yes, I did get probably the four best batsmen of spin bowling in the world, so that felt good. They were in an attacking mood, and that always gives the bowler a chance.

On New Zealand's strategy for the final day
We'll have to take it as it comes, by the ball. We'll reassess the situation at lunch, and if we've had a flyer in the first session, maybe we'll have a shot at the target. But it is a tough ask.

On the wicket's role in the final day's play
The pitch already has some bounce in it. In fact, I think it is better for the spinners than people originally thought. There's no prolific turn, but there is some bounce. Daniel got a few to bounce today, and I expect it will turn even more tomorrow. India have two world-class quality spinners with them, so it's definitely going to be tough.

On his strategy against Sachin Tendulkar
I just tried to bowl as slowly as possible. The wicket was already slow, and that made the batsmen reach for the ball and hit it. A few stopped on the batsmen too, and with Sachin, he was on the ball early. But he had to score quickly at the time too.

On the mood in the New Zealand camp
The mood's actually pretty good. We would have taken this position if it were offered to us at the beginning of the day, I think. It could have gone worse, and we could have had to follow on.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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