I never expected to be strike bowler: Rana

Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan swing bowler Rana Naved-ul Hasan has said that he never seriously considered himself to be a strike bowler in the just-ended six-match One-day series against India.

The 27-year-old bowler from Sheikhupura, was quoted as saying in a Pakistan daily-Dawn that he never really thought himself to be such a big influence in the ODI series.

"I really never dreamt about playing the role of the main strike bowler. But I always had one thing in mind and that was to give my best whatever the conditions. The experience of playing in Australia prior to the Indian tour helped my game a lot."

"I was confident of doing well when the team left for Delhi. I'm extremely grateful to Allah Almighty for everything I did for Pakistan. Without His blessing and the prayers of our people, we couldn't have done our country proud. I just played a small part for the team,"Dawn quoted.

Rana said that the team was more determined to put up a good showing in India after speed merchant Shoaib Akhtar was ruled out of the series.

"Without Shoaib Akhtar, we were more than determined to prove that we can win against heavy odds. "India were touted as favourites at the start of the one-day series, but we knew that we had a chance because in limited-overs cricket, it all depends on luck and how you perform on the given day."

A father of four young daughters, the self-effacing bowler snaffled 15 wickets in the ODI series including a dazzling 6/27 in the Jamshedpur ODI and ascribed Pakistan's superb come-from-behind victory to great teamwork within the squad.

"Our captain (Inzamamul Haq), vice-captain (Younis Khan) and coach (Bob Woolmer) had faith in my abilities. Their support not only boosted my confidence but that of the entire side. "

"Frankly speaking, our success was mainly because of the excellent team spirit and the camaraderie we had for each other since every individual contributed. "

The right-arm bowler who puts a lot of thought in his bowling, said that he was looking forward to the forthcoming's tour of the West Indies.

"We must not sit on our laurels. What we have achieved in India is history. West Indies at home will be a difficult side to play against because most of us have not played on their pitches. But we will be ready for them,"Dawn quoted.

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