Freed from injury, Pathan looks for pace

Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan has recovered fully from his injury and is now working on improving his speed further to be able to come out in flying colours in the forthcoming home cricket series against Pakistan.

"Indian team physio Andrew Leipus has really helped me to get back to shape and I have recovered fully from the injury. I am now looking forward to the home series," Pathan said on the sidelines of the "Get Irfan to School" contest at the Saint Joseph High School here today.

"I am also doing a lot of weight training to strengthen my shoulder so that I can bowl with more pace. Once it happens, I can bowl a yard faster," the Baroda bowler said adding he would continue to work on his fitness.

"I will have to keep myself fit so that I can give hundred percent to the cause of the team. Playing Pakistan anywhere in the world is always tough as the expectations of the fans will be very high." Pathan had suffered a side strain during the recent Test series against Bangladesh and had to miss the One-day series against the same rivals.

To a query whether he would be under pressure to perform, he said, "I don't think I will be under any pressure at all. As long as I keep performing and my team keeps winning, I don't think I should be worrying about other things".

Asked whether he had set any target for himself, Pathan said, "I think it is too early to set any target as I am new to Test cricket. Right now I will be happy to help my team (India) win consistently".

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