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'Getting Tendulkar out 3 times is a great feat'

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 16:45 [IST]
 
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Kingston (Jamaica): West Indies fast bowler Pedro Collins said on Tuesday he was pleased with the way he dismissed batting genius Sachin Tendulkar in the fifth and final Test against India.

"I got the ball to do a little bit," said Collins, who finished with three for 60 off 17 overs. "He has been trying to run the deliveries down to third-man, so I decided to go around the wicket and angled it into him and it beat him. I always put my mind to it and try to run in harder and it worked," Collins, 25, said. Collins has been troubling the master batsman in this series, having dismissed him three times in as many Tests. "Getting Tendulkar out three times is a great achievement.

Any bowler would like to take the wicket of the best batsman of the world," said Collins, dropped for the first two matches against the tourists. "I know he hasn't been having a great time with the bat in this series, so my aim was just to put the ball in certain areas of uncertainty and try to get him out," he said. Collins was well-supported by fellow-seamer Adam Sanford, who rattled the Indian middle order by removing Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Venkatsai Laxman to finish with three for 48 off 19 overs. "They're great batsmen.

They've got a bat and I've got a ball. As long as they're batting and I'm bowling, I guess I've a chance of getting them out," Sanford said. "I did what I was supposed to do. When I find the rhythm, everything just flows. It worked in domestic tournament for Busta Cup. It also worked today as I was given a long spell." Sanford and Ganguly seemed to have exchanged a few words in the middle, but the West Indies fast bowler denied having said anything to the Indian captain. "I really didn't say anything to Ganguly. He knocked the ball and was running when he collided. He looked at me and cast a remark. I just looked at him. It must have appeared that I said something to him the way I looked at him," Sanford said.

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