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Thursday, February 19 2004 16:13 Hrs (IST)
"The conditions in Australia (where he had a fantastic outing) and Pakistan are different. Now I am building up my strength and working on line and length. I am also concentrating on my yorkers to be more effective," Pathan told in Vadodara.
Pathan said though he was able to capture wickets in Australia, he was taken for far too many runs on the tour due to some loose bowling which he would not like to repeat in Pakistan.
"I am aware of the abilities of the Pakistan batsmen on their home soil. So I am concentrating hard on how to take their wickets without allowing them to score runs," the 19-year-old bowler said.
To achieve this, Pathan said he would be taking the help of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev and former Australian great Dennis Lillee.
"I would consult senior players like Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, Kris Srikanth and several others who have played in Pakistan.
"I will also spend three days at the MRF pace foundation, starting from Monday, fine-tuning my skills," he said. Pathan said the Australian trip, which was a learning experience for him, gave a big boost to his confidence.
"I learnt a lot from the Australian tour and that has contributed in building my confidence. The exposure also completely changed my mindset," he said.
If selected for the Pakistan tour, it would be Pathan's second visit to that country.
Playing in the Indian Under-19 team in the Asia Cup last year, the left-arm seamer drew every one's attention with a nine-wicket haul in the match against Bangladesh.
His performance, which also included a hat-trick, prompted the national selectors to pick him for the tour of Australia.
Pathan said he never looked beyond playing in the practice matches on the tour. But luck had something else in store for him.
"After getting the wicket of Matthew Hayden in the Test match, my confidence went up. That helped me take the prized scalps of Adam Gilchrist and Steve Waugh," recalled Pathan.
Pathan thanked the senior players in the side as well legendary Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram for helping him come good in the series.
"I received continuous encouragement from captain Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman and that helped in improving my performance in Australia."
Pathan said he was happy with the way he batted in Australia. "Wasim Akram asked me to improve my batting techniques as I have to bat lower down the order. Sourav asked me to play my natural game. I think that helped me in the second final in Sydney where I emerged the highest scorer with 30."
Pathan said he wants to contribute in every possible way to help India win the series in Pakistan. "I am playing for my country and want to contribute my share in the team's win during the Pakistan tour."
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