Pakistan in India 2004-05 February 24, 2005

Kaneria eyes Dravid's wicket

Cricinfo staff

Danish Kaneria will unleash his secret delivery during the Indian tour © Getty Images
Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan legspinner, has said that he will target Rahul Dravid in the upcoming India tour. Kaneria, who will be the frontline spinner, reckoned Dravid to be the greatest threat and disclosed his plans to unleash a secret delivery during the series.

"I respect Dravid a lot. He is a great player and my favourite too," Kaneria told the BBC Hindi website. "I don't think any other Indian batsman will be difficult to bowl at. He has got the class and he would be the main wicket for me. He is truly the Wall and if I get him it will be an achievement for me"

Kaneria also said that the Indian tour would be a huge challenge and disclosed his plans to unveil a secret weapon to counter the Indian batsmen who are reputed to be masters of countering spin bowling. "I have developed a secret delivery that I intend to use during the series against India," Kaneria told The Nation, a Pakistan based daily. "I have been successful in honing that delivery and will use in the matches against India. I have set a target of 20 to 25 wickets in the series because the tracks in India have always been spin friendly."

Kaneria along with the Arshad Khan, the offspinner who was recalled to the Test side after five years, will boost the thin bowling line-up. He was confident of performing better in India than in the recent Australian tour, where he manfully led the attack with 15 wickets in three Tests. "We have a good spin attack now," he added. "I was the only spinner on the Australian tour and there was no-one to support me. Now my workload will come down as I will have support from Arshad. As a legspinner I will attack and as an offspinner Arshad can help contain the batsmen."