August 30, 2001

Kaneria and Saeed happy with efforts

Danish Kaneria was delighted with his comeback Test performance and promised to maintain the standard he has now set for himself.

"I can't be more delighted and satisfied with my performance. It was my comeback Test and I required to do something special to reclaim my place in the squad," the 20-year-old told reporters after the draw of stumps on the first day.

Danish was dropped after two Tests against England before he earned the selectors' nod following a good performance on the tour to Sri Lanka with Pakistan 'A'.

"It is flattering to play in company like this and then steal the limelight when champions like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are sharing the new ball. You don't get this opportunity everyday," the Karachiite said.

He termed his success to his training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and then the tour to Sri Lanka. "These were immense learning experiences. But the senior players also assisted me during the camp.

Overall, it has been a pleasing performance and I am looking forward to maintain the standards I have set. But not everyday will I be able to pick six wickets though I will persist hard to be among the wicket takers," Danish said.

Saeed Anwar, who perhaps got the right opponents to slam a cracking century, said he was keen to get the three figures for which he concentrated very hard.

"Although the bowling was relatively moderate, but one still needed to stay in the centre and concentrate. It has been a good innings under hot conditions which confirms how much I am keen to perform and continue to play for the country," Saeed said.

Saeed said his knees did bother him while emphasizing that he had been struggling in the past to play innings because of injuries to both the knees.

He said completing 4,000 runs and joining the company of Javed Miandad, Salim Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Zaheer Abbas and Mudassar Nazar was a great honour. But added that he had not set any goals for himself.

"My priority is to play for Pakistan with distinction. My job is to run and I am keen to score as many runs as I can. I know my responsibilities at top of the order and am looking forward to fulfilling the job to the best of my abilities."