India v England, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day March 12, 2006

'I still think I'm a bowler who can bat' - Pathan

Cricinfo staff

Irfan Palhan doesn't beleive he's an allrounder yet © AFP

After a day when more or less everything went to plan for India, Irfan Pathan, who played a key role in the batting renaissance with a belligerent 58-ball 52, spoke to the media about India's chances of wrapping up the match on the final day. While playing down his claims to genuine allrounder status, Pathan asserted that the team had always been confident of grinding out a result, despite the inclement weather that had disrupted the opening two days of the game.

On when he will be convinced that he's an allrounder

Maybe when I get a couple of hundreds (smiles). I still think I'm a bowler who can bat. I know my limitations and I'm doing well with my limitations.

On the importance of getting Kevin Pietersen cheaply

He's a very good player who can take the game away from you in a session. Harbhajan bowled very well. All the bowlers did. Me and Munaf at the beginning, and the spinners later.

On India's position

It's been wonderful, we played well today. There are still 90 overs to go and if we bowl well and get them out cheaply, we have a pretty good chance. We are really confident.

On the pitch

It's turning and the spinners are getting a bit of bounce especially from the rough.

On whether he was surprised that India were in this position after all the time lost

Not really surprised because we knew that if we bowled well, especially up front, we could get wickets quickly. I'm not surprised at the position we are in right now.