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Rahul Bhatia in Mumbai
November 4, 2004
Jason Gillespie and Murali Kartik, the bowlers who returned the best figures on an absorbing second day's play at the Wankhede Stadium, spoke to the media shortly after the close:
On what an attainable target might be
I think a target of 160-170 would be tough, batting fourth.
On bowling with Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh
It was one of my wishes that the three of us play together, and it came true.
Is this an ideal Test-match wicket?
When it seams around, we have a problem, and if it spins around, then also we have a problem. It was good for spinners. I can't say what an ideal wicket is.
On his game plan
I think when you're on a turning track, all 11 members also have to be patient, because you can't get 11 wickets in 11 balls. When I came on, it was my duty to plug one end. Thankfully, I came on at a time when things were going right for me.
On his early impressions of Dinesh Karthik
I think he did a superb job because keeping to Anil and Harbhajan is really difficult.
On hanging around after being dismissed
I was out. There are no two ways about that. It was a faint edge. It just took my glove, so I was waiting for the umpire to give me out.
On Damien Martyn's important innings
He was lucky to start off [with], but he hung around and just accumulated those runs. It was a good innings.
On India's dodgy fielding
It happens. People are giving it their best shot. You can't blame anybody. Sometimes you have a bad day.
Whether this was his best performance in Tests
I thought I bowled much better in Nagpur. The wicket was different, favouring the seamers. But here, I was required to adjust to a different game plan and just hold one end and wait for the wickets to come.
On taking wickets on a spinners' pitch
I was pretty satisfied. It's always nice to take wickets on any pitch. The wicket was a little interesting today.
His game plan on this pitch
As a seamer, you just try and put the ball in the right area, use the crease, and keep the seam upright and try to move the ball off the wicket as much as you can. I think the key is to bang it into the track as hard as you can and let the ball do the work.
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