I~~ve been bowling well, credit goes to Adrian: Zaheer

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2002, 2:15 [IST]
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Mumbai: Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who wrecked the West Indies with a four- wicket haul in the first Test, said on Friday he owed his recent successes to South African physical trainer Adrian le Roux. "I've been bowling well for the past six months and the credit should go to Adrian. He has been of great help," Zaheer said of the South African who has been with him since the West Indies tour in April. The 24-year-old left-arm paceman was India's highest wicket-taker in the West Indies, taking 15 in five Tests. His career-best 4-41 effort helped India dismiss the West Indies for 157 in the first innings at the Wankhede Stadium for a lead of 300. Zaheer said he was disappointed over missing out yet again on a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. "I'm disappointed I could not take five wickets this time. I think the five-wicket haul is not far away because I'm happy with the way I have been bowling in recent months," said Zaheer. The fast bowler has so far taken 58 wickets in 21 Tests since making his debut against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2000. Zaheer was well-supported by leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who also finished with four wickets. "I think Zaheer's spell in the afternoon was crucial. He bowled really well," Kumble said, referring to his team-mate's three-wicket burst in four overs in the post- lunch session. "The morning session will be vital on Saturday," said Kumble, who took 4-51 in the first innings. "We need early breakthroughs. We have to be disciplined because there's not much bounce in the wicket. It's not a typical Bombay pitch. We have to keep pressure from both the ends, like we did on Friday."

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