England tour of India - Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar~~s wicket a special one, says Flintoff

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Cuttack: England fast bowler Andrew Flintoff on Monday said the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the first One-day match in Kolkata was a special one and he was looking forward to more duels with the batting maestro in the series."Any bowler would love to have the wicket of a great batsman like Tendulkar. It was really a special one," the lanky bowler told reporters after the team's practice session ahead of the second match on Tuesday.Asked what his team had learnt from the defeat at Kolkata, Flintoff said, "We now believe we can beat India. We very nearly did it at the Eden Gardens."He said the total of 281 set up by India was reachable but his team botched it up towards the end. He said the experience of playing in front of a capacity crowd at the Eden Gardens was amazing and the team was now better placed to handle big crowds at the other venues during the remainder of the six-match series.On the pitch at the Barabati Stadium, Flintoff said, "It looks good but I am not a very good judge of tracks. Let us wait and see how it behaves on Tuesday."PTI

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