Irfan Pathan troubled me: Yousuf Youhana

Published: Monday, May 17, 2004, 20:55 [IST]
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Islamabad :Pakistan vice-captain Yousuf Youhana has acknowledged that he was troubled by young Indian pacer Irfan Pathan's swing bowling in the recent cricket series but denied that the bowler gained a psychological hold.

"You should accept and respect a good bowler. Yes, I did face problems against Pathan bringing the ball in late. He got me out twice in this manner while the third time in the One-dayers I was not out. But I worked hard on this and did reasonably well against him in the Tests. It is not as if he has any psychological hold over me," Youhana told a private TV channel in Islamabad.

Pathan, who established himself as a strike bowler in the series, was labelled by Pakistan coach Javed Miandad as the kind of bowler found in the bylanes of Pakistan.

Looking back at Pakistan's defeat both in One-dayers and Tests in the March-April series, Youhana disagreed that the home team was badly beaten by India.

"I think we did well in the One-day series. But yes, in the final Test we lost by a big margin and our performance was very shoddy. But I hope we can learn from our mistakes and improve," he said.

He also defended the Pakistan bowlers and said they tried their best.

"They tried hard but they just could not bowl as they wanted to. No bowler likes to bowl badly on purpose. It is just that they were trying but were not succeeding," he said.

"The batting did quite well except in Pindi. But I think the big margins by which we lost the Tests in Multan and Pindi soured our overall performance in the series."

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