Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day July 28, 2010

Randiv revels in maiden wicket

Test debutant Suraj Randiv was ecstatic after getting his first wicket, that of Virender Sehwag, with a doosra. "Sehwag was on 99 at that time. I thought he might go for a big shot and I thought of bowling a doosra at him. It worked and I got his wicket," said Randiv who ended the third day of the second Test with figures of 2 for 108. "When you get a player of his calibre it's a big thing. It's a privilege. I just came onto bowl and I thought he will do something different. Our bowlers hadn't given him any easy runs at that stage."

Sehwag had said after the day's play that he had spotted Randiv's doosra, but decided to attempt the big hit anyway. "I bowl the doosra but like Murali it doesn't go the other way a lot," Randiv said. "But I got some bounce and some help (today)," he said.

Randiv said that he was a bit nervous playing in his first Test. "However, with confidence that goes away. I had an opportunity to bowl a lot and it just went away. I guess any player will be nervous."

Randiv stated that there was more help for the spinners on the wicket than for the fast bowlers. "There was a lot of bounce on the track but it was a bit slow." He said that he was not overawed by the reputation of the Indian batting line-up. "I was just thinking of bowling my line and length. I got a bit of bounce with my action. It was very difficult to bowl a good line and length to Sachin [Tendulkar]. He comes forward and he goes back. It is very difficult to get a correct line and length to him. I think I bowled well to him.

He said there was still a lot of hard work ahead for Sri Lanka in the Test. "We need to stop the runs. We need to work hard. The pitch is good and it is very hard to get wickets. We have to be disciplined."

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  • usman on July 29, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Pak is the only team which could be the best batting line-up with players who are available but the PCB (especially ijaz butt) has made it the worst line-up. Players who deserve position in team are not in team. Not only Younis and Yousuf but also Hameed and Asim Kamal. Is Indian batting strong without Sehwag Tendulkar Dravid Laxman? SL without Jayawardene Sanga? Eng without Pietersen Strauss Collingwood? These teams have strong batting line-ups because they contain their best batsmen. I don't understand why the silly indians critise pak's batting in their comments. Over the last decade Pak had a great batting line-up. If Pak can get their Younis Yousuf Hameed and Kamal back they could be the no.1 as both their batting and bowling would be strong. Not even the poor indian team could defeat us. India is the worst team to be no.1.All their batsmen score at sub-continental pitches. And their bowlers are one of the the worst i have seen. Even their injured Zaheer and Sreesanth avg +30

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Its amazing that Srilanka is able to produce such talented spin bowlers. With Murali departure now Srilanka is looking forward for the pair of mendis and suraj.I think both will prove a great headache for oppositons in coming future

  • Mick on July 28, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Wickets should be worth five to the bolwer and 100s worth 20 runs to the batsmen on ridiculous pitches like this. No wonder test cricket is dying.

  • Amit on July 28, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Now he has more wicket than Harbhajan Singh in the current series...

  • Shubhang on July 28, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Excellent wickets both of them. Nice to see an orthodox off-spinner getting success. I wish him luck, he has great promise.

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