Pakistan cricket July 31, 2008

Tanvir wants to prove himself in Tests

Cricinfo staff


Sohail Tanvir: "I am comfortable in all forms of the game, but it is Test cricket that I would love to prove myself now" © AFP
 

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir was the Indian Premier League's (IPL's) most successful bowler but he has said that it is in the Test arena that he really wants to prove himself.

"If you are ranked as a player, it is solely based on your performance in Tests," Tanvir told Gulf News. "The one-day and Twenty20 versions are meant to entertain the crowds who come to watch sixes, boundaries, catches and wickets. I am comfortable in all forms of the game, but it is Test cricket that I would love to prove myself now."

Tanvir has played only two Tests so far in his career, making his debut on Pakistan's tour of India in 2007-08. He had tremendous success with the Rajasthan Royals, who bought him for $100,000, during the IPL. He took 22 wickets in 11 games at an average of 12.09 and economy-rate of 6.46 and held his nerve during the IPL final against Chennai Superkings to score the winning runs off the final ball.

"I know I am worth much more," he said. "And based on my performances, I think I can easily get a million dollars, if not more. I have two or three very lucrative offers from other IPL franchises, but there is time for me to make a decision for next year."

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