Wasim Jaffer admits to playing a loose shot

Published: Saturday, March 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Nagpur:India opener Wasim Jaffer, who failed to capitalise on his start and added just eight runs to his overnight 73 before being out, admitted later that he had played a loose shot.

Speaking to reporters after yesterday's play, Jaffer said when he first saw the ball from Hoggard he thought it was a half volley, but then realised it too late and was perished.

The Mumbai lad further said that the whole team was feeling disappointed in the way they caved in after the ''good foundation, which the captain and me had laid yesterday. However, the fighting partnership between Kaif and Anil Kumble has really boosted us up.''

''Losing the two at the fag end of the day was also a bit of a setback, but we are hoping the last wicket pair takes inspiration from Kaif and Kumble and bats for some time tomorrow'', Jaffer said, adding they would have to bowl really well in the second innings to have a chance of winning the match.

Jaffer also praised the opposition bowling, saying that Hoggard bowled really well and kept the ball in the right areas and got results.

The Mumbai opener said left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was a vital link in the English bowling attack as he bowled a tight line and length and kept the pressure up from one side and also got the two important wickets of Sachin and Kaif.

Speaking about his own comeback after nearly four years in the wilderness, Jaffer said the past years had been a very difficult phase for him, but after making a successful comeback he felt good.

He, however, did not think that he has done enough to cement his place in the side for the next year or so, saying ''the main thing is to perform well consistently so that the selectors keep the faith in you.''

Write Comments