India v Australia, 4th Test, Nagpur, 1st day November 6, 2008

'I was expecting them to come after me' - Krejza

Cricinfo staff


Jason Krejza: "It's something that you learn over the years with your bowling. You're always going to get hit as a spinner, if you're going to be an attacking spinner" © AFP
 

The debutant offspinner Jason Krejza expected the harsh treatment dished out by India on the first day, but he was excited to have removed three of the game's greatest modern batsmen. While Krejza gave up 138 runs in 28 overs, he also picked up the vital wickets of Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman as the hosts reached 311 for 5 at stumps.

"I was expecting them to come after me and they did," Krejza said. "Sehwag hit me for a massive six, which was good. I kept my head on my shoulders, chatted to Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden, got my nerves down and bowled quite well."

After being struck for 11 runs from his first over and 32 from his opening three, Krejza kept attacking and refused to be intimidated. "I probably get that from my dad's side," he said. "He's a hard European bloke. It's something that you learn over the years with your bowling. You're always going to get hit as a spinner, if you're going to be an attacking spinner."

Krejza's father was a professional footballer in Czechoslovakia, but he said "cricket was always my No. 1 love". The 25-year-old's first wicket was Rahul Dravid for zero - caught by Simon Katich, who has Croatian heritage, at bat-pad.

"He came up to me straight away and said it was the two angry-European combination that got that wicket," Krejza said. "It was great, because we've got a bit of anger in us."

Krejza came into the side for paceman Stuart Clark after playing just 24 first-class games with an average of 50.09. He bowled Sehwag (66) when he played-on trying to cut and Laxman (64) attempted a similar shot and got an edge to the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

"It was good to get it out of the way," he said of playing his first game. "It was good to get the cap, it had been a nervous wait."