Murali Kartik prefers bouncy wickets

Published: Sunday, November 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad:Basking in the glory of his Man of the Match award in the Mumbai Test against Australia, left-arm spinner Murali Kartik said that he prefers to bowl on bouncy wickets and admitted that playing Australia was always a "pressure game".

Kartik, who came into the Indian squad as a third spinner after Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, said he was confident of getting his chance and "bowling the ball at the right place fetched him success though they were defending a small total".

Wickets which carry and have a bounce are ideal for all bowlers and the success in spin depends on how you turn the ball and where you pitch, he said.

The Railway player, who made early inroads in the second innings by claiming two wickets in one over finishing with three for 32 said that getting early breakthrough had boosted the morale and kept him going.

Getting Ricky Ponting and D Martyn in one over was a very satisfactory moment, Kartik said.

Kartik claimed seven wickets in the final Mumbai Test which India won by a nail biting 13 runs depriving men from Down Under to sweep the series. Kangaroos won the series 2-1.

On the Wankhade pitch, Kartik said, "it was bouncy and the wicket was carrying. We like such a wicket and making the ball turn depends on the ability of the bowler".

When asked if playing three spinners would be a right combination, Kartik, who was here to attend a private function, said that he was not in a position to comment.

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