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Not impressed by Pathan, Vivian praises Patel

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai:Irfan Pathan is a pale shadow of himself while Munaf Patel has all the attributes of a good prospect, provided he steers clear of injuries, feels legendary West Indian Viv Richards.

Richards was not impressed by Pathan in the ongoing Test series against the West Indies even though the batting great felt the left-arm seamer could rediscover form playing more matches.

''Irfan Pathan...looks a shadow of the bowler I saw in Australia a couple of years ago, but it is only through match practice that he can rediscover his form,'' he said.

The former Caribbean captain, however, seemed more interested in Munaf.

''He has reasonable pace and more importantly, control. Hopefully he will be able to maintain his fitness and rhythm, thereby avoiding the affliction that has dogged so many promising Indian pacers of late,'' Richards wrote in his column for 'Gulf News'.

Richards said S Sreesanth was also developing in to a reliable pace option.

''Sreesanth is also quite a character, and I find his routine while returning to the bowling crease quite interesting,'' he said.

Richards said it was heartening to see the West Indies pull off draws from the games which were seemingly lost. He praised them for showing the fighting spirit which had been missing in the team a couple of years ago.

''I know that this might not seem much of an achievement to most, but for those who have seen the West Indies collapse to some shocking defeats in the past few years, this show of guts is heartening,'' he said referring to the first two Tests of the series in which West Indies managed to draw after being in losing positions on both occasions.

The former Windies captain said the Indians were also not without their share of problems as they lacked a quality bowling attack on flat pitches in the Caribbean.

''The area where their game did look a little suspect is in the bowling department, where there was not much experience,'' he said.

''The only bowler who had exposure on these wickets in the past was Anil Kumble, and on these dead wickets it's asking too much of a bowler to shoulder the entire burden of taking 20 wickets,'' he added.

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