Team India pacers confident of impressive show

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Kitts: :Team India's crop of young seamers in the West Indies series might be lacking in experience but they are not short of zeal and verve to shine and they are competing for the prize scalp of star batsman Brian Lara.

Lara's wicket was claimed once each by Sreesanth and Munaf Patel in the first Test and the competition in on to snare the most prolific batsman in Test cricket.

''Brian Lara is the key batsman in the West Indies squad. I am delighted that I got a LBW decision against him. However, I would like to get him out a couple of more times before the series finishes. The idea to take his wicket is to keep it simple and do the basics right,'' says Sreesanth.

VRV Singh hasn't snapped Lara yet, but the desire is not lacking a bit.

''Lara's wicket is most crucial. The competition amongst us is good. I know that I can only play the next match only if I perform well. I am enjoying this, it's better to play in competitive cricket,'' offers VRV.

From being a bunch of young seamers trying to impress national selectors at the Challenger Trophy in Mohali last October to becoming new ball partners for India in the West Indies, life has come full circle for Sreesanth and VRV Singh.

The two impressed at the Challenger. VRV bowled with lots of zing and tested the defence of India's top batsmen. However, it was perhaps the inswinging yorker that claimed the wicket Sachin Tendulkar that earned a place for Sreesanth in the national squad ahead of VRV.

VRV hasn't taken long after that finding a place in the Test team to West Indies. And its is their healthy rivalry for wickets that reminds one of the competition between young Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli in the early ninties.

VRV got his first wicket in the second innings of Antigua Test when he had Bradshaw caught by Yuvraj Singh.

''It has been great experience to play at Test level and bowl to international batsmen. When the ball was in air, I was very excited.

I prayed to God that this be my first wicket. Yuvraj took the catch and my joy was doubled,'' said VRV of his first international wicket.

The young bowler from Punjab has brought fresh energy in the team and has worked on his speed consistently crossing 85 mph. His fastest ball in the series has been recorded at 88.8 mph. But on these painfully slow tracks of the West Indies, the idea is to keep it simple.

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