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No nerves for Junaid ahead of big event

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 10, 2011

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Junaid Khan at the top of his run-up, Zimbabwe Board XI v Pakistan Academy, Harare, 2nd day, August 30, 2008
Junaid Khan has been a consistent wicket-taker on Pakistan's domestic circuit and hopes to replicate that in the World Cup © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan, who replaced the injured fast bowler Sohail Tanvir in Pakistan's World Cup squad, has said he is not overawed at the prospect of making his international debut on such a big stage.

"I'll treat it as just another game of cricket," Junaid told www.PakPassion.net. "I've represented my country at junior levels and Pakistan A, so I know what the responsibility of playing for your country is like. I don't think I'll have any nerves and I'm confident I can handle the situation."

Junaid was selected on the basis of his consistent showing on Pakistan's domestic circuit. In 35 first-class games, he has picked up 167 wickets at an average of just above 21. He was also the second-highest wicket-taker for Pakistan A in the unofficial ODI series during their recent tour of West Indies where he picked up five wickets in three games.

"I've been working so hard over the last couple of seasons and I feel that I have consistently improved as a bowler, "Junaid said. "I've also been working hard on my batting and I feel that my call-up for the World Cup is warranted as I have done consistently well at all levels for Pakistan."

There have been several high-voltage clashes between India and Pakistan in previous World Cups and Junaid said he was looking forward to another such encounter. "Just getting a chance to play in the World Cup is a dream come true for me," he told GEO Super channel. "But if we get to play against India in the World Cup, it would be a blast to bowl at [Sachin] Tendulkar and get him out. It is an ambition for me."

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Comments: 95 
Posted by zeesh3078 on (February 13, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

Go Go Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Prediction Pool A Qualifiers.. 1. Australia 2. Pakistan 3. Sri Lanka 4. New Zealand Pool B Qualifiers 1. South Africa 2. India 3. England 4. Bangladesh First Quarter final...Australia vs Bangladesh...Aus will win. 2nd Quarter final....Pakistan vs England.......Pak will win. 3rd Quarter final....Lanka vs India.........India will win. 4th Quarter final....New Zealand vs South Africa...South Africa will win. First Semi Final....Aus vs India......India will win. 2nd Semi Final....Pak vs South Africa.....Pak will win. FINAL....Pak vs India......Pakistan will win the world cup.

Posted by pipsonian on (February 11, 2011, 19:54 GMT)

I know somebone stated that Sachin is the best batsman to have lived after Don Bradman. I totally disagree. But definitely he is ONE of the best of the modern batsmen but even during his generation of batsmen Brian Lara was way ahead of Tendulkar and now i think Jacque Kallis has proven he has his nose slightly ahead of Tendulkar. Ponting is definitely overrated.

Posted by PakPhenom on (February 11, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Thumbs up for the confidence Junaid. Hope you replicate it on the field as well. Best of luck!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

well wot is seen i think Nasrullah Khan should be included instead of junaid khan. he is going great and more experience than junaid.

Posted by Sumeher on (February 11, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

Does Junaid look likely to get the nod as a regular feauture for pak in the world cup?

Posted by   on (February 11, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Its a dream of every bowler to get Sachin out............... he is a legend no doubt and the best batsman to live after don bradman................. even it was Amir's dream to get sachin out and he did that............... nw its Junaid's dream and i know he will do it :)

Posted by   on (February 11, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

I hope he could replace Muhammad Aamir.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Good luck Junaid, insha Allah you will make us proud.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

yes no one can forget the yorker that tendulker got from shoaib at eden gardens ...................... hop junaid will do the same when he face him .......this is Pakistanis history no one have to jealous abt it .........

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