A mixed treat for Pathan's parents

Published: Monday, April 5, 2004, 23:36 [IST]
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Lahore:Parents of young Indian seamer Irfan Pathan were treated to a roller-coaster ride on their first ever outing to a cricket ground to watch a Test match where they saw their son perform this time with the bat in the midst of a batting collapse.

What unfolded at the Gaddafi Stadium was not what the elderly couple would have hoped for as the Indians lost wickets in a heap to be all out for 287 by an Umar Gul-inspired Pakistan.

But their spirits were definitely lifted when they saw their 19-year-old son fighting it out in the middle against all odds like a man.

With India staring down the barrel at 147 for seven, Pathan joined hands with centurion Yuvraj Singh to lend some respectability to the Indian total on the opening day of the match.

The gutsy left-arm seamer showed his skills with the bat on a track where his more illustrious teammates were dismissed cheaply.

Pathan, who grew in confidence as the innings progressed, displayed good batting skills, slamming two boundaries in the same over off Mohammad Sami before hitting another four in Kaneria's next over to take the Indian total beyond the 200-mark.

The Baroda boy, however, missed a deserving first-ever half century when he was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for 49.His parents, Mehboob Khan Pathan and Shamima Bano, watched in dismay as their heroic son fell.

Also keeping the cameramen busy were the wives of captain Rahul Dravid, Ajit Agarkar, VVS Laxman and Murali Kartik, who joined their spouses on the historic tour three days back.

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