India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Mohali, 4th day

Kaneria - 'When Sachin was given not out I got aggressive'

Amit Varma in Mohali

March 11, 2005

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Danish Kaneria was easily the best of Pakistan's bowlers in the Indian first innings. His six-wicket haul at least ensured that India did not run away with the game. He spoke to the media at the end of the fourth day.



Danish Kaneria believes he can be the best by the time he's done © Getty Images
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On bowling so many overs
I love bowling. That's my job, and I do it.

On Bob Woolmer's comment that he can be the best legspinner in the world
Yes, why not? I will make my mark in this tour. By the end of my career, I will be on the top. That's my aim.

On the match situation
Both the not-out batsmen are experienced. [Abdul] Razzaq and [Kamran] Akmal are capable players, they have made big scores in the past. If they spend some time at the crease, the runs will come, and we can put pressure on India.

On what total will be good enough
I think a lead of 200 will be quite good. Their batting line-up is strong, but we can put pressure on them if we take the lead to 200.

On his mystery ball, which he had promised to unleash on this tour
I didn't bowl it in this match. Maybe I won't bowl it on the tour. Let's see.

On his battle with Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin is a world-class player. When he was given not out after inside-edging a ball, I got aggressive. I thought, he is a great batsman, but let me also show my class. It was a good contest.

On the pitch
It's a good pitch. On the first day it helped the fast bowlers. Then it was good for batting. Now it is keeping a bit low. It's helped everybody: fast bowlers, spinners, batsmen.

On the Pakistan side for the next game
I don't know. The captain and the caoch will sit down after this game and decide.

On his strength
Bowling

No, seriously
Well, for any legspinner, it's his variety. I rely on my legbreaks, and when I need to, I bowl my googly and my flipper.

On who taught him how to bowl the googly
I learnt it myself, in practice.

On how he plans to succeed in India when so many other spinners have failed
If I tell you, how will I bowl?

Amit Varma is contributing editor of Cricinfo. He writes the independent blogs, India Uncut and The Middle Stage.

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