Tendulkar is a class act, says Giles

Published: Friday, December 14, 2001, 18:28 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: England left-arm spinner Ashley Giles said on Thursday his career-best performance against India in the second cricket Test here was a dream come true."To come back like this after what I have gone through with my fitness in the last year makes this (performance) the high point," he said after taking five for 67. "I hope I can carry on playing like this as long as I can."The Warwickshire spinner, who missed the first Test at Mohali due to a bruised heel, said he was nervous and wanted to do well.

"I was a bit dry in the mouth for the first couple of overs. I had not played for a while and was up against some very good batsmen on a good wicket," he said. "I was obviously nervous and wanted to do well. I did not imagine I would do this well. It was a fantastic day for me personally and the team.

A Test five-for is what you are here for I guess. It is what you dream about."Giles said England gained the advantage mainly because it stuck to its plan of containing runs."I tried to bowl over the wicket to Sachin (Tendulkar) and tried to contain him," he said. "You might say it was a negative tactic, but the idea was to dry up runs and it worked.

"Giles conceded Tendulkar batted very well, saying the master batsman was not frustrated by his team's tactics."He (Tendulkar) is a class act," said Giles. "He has all the time in the game. He is the kind of player who picks his moments. There are not too many batsmen of his calibre. It is a pleasure to play against him.

He is an awesome cricketer."Tendulkar also praised Giles, who triggered India's collapse, which saw the hosts lose their last six wickets for 80 runs."He has proved that he is a very good bowler," Tendulkar said after scoring 103 to join Australians Allan Border and Steve Waugh who also have 27 Test hundreds to their credit.

"Scoring a hundred is always a great feeling," he said. "This one, however, came under different circumstances. We had lost a few early wickets and England had set a big target for us."Tendulkar said he was worried neither by England's defensive bowling nor by Giles's plan to attack the leg-stump in order to contain runs.

"That's what cricket is all about," said Tendulkar, who improvised well on way to his century. "Every day and every innings you are not going to get the ball where you want. "Sometimes the opposition works on your patience. At times you allow them to get away with it. Some other times, you have to take calculated risks and make them bowl somewhere else.

"Tendulkar denied he had made a conscious effort to attack the bowling in the post-lunch session, which produced 94 runs."It was not a conscious effort to go after the bowling after lunch. The shots I played were not pre-planned as such. I picked up the line and length early and backed myself," he said.

"Tendulkar said he was disappointed with his team's total as the pitch was not difficult to bat on."To be honest, it is a good track to bat on," he said. "There is a bit of turn, but not much. I think it is going to get more difficult to bat on the fifth day."We have to put up a better show. England have so far played better than us and it is up to us to try and match them."

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