India got the right pace battery, says Sreesanth

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Indian pace attack lacked both tooth and firepower in the tour of West Indies but Kerala speedster S Sreesanth believes the side has discovered the right combination in the fast bowling department.

Not reading too much into the pacers' failure, with Ajit Agarkar being the only possible exception in the ODI series, Sreesanth said it was a good learning experience ahead of next year's World Cup in the West Indies.

''It was a good experience in the Caribbean. Our pace attack is on the right track with Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel and VRV Singh bowling very well,'' he told BBC News.

India lost the five-match ODI series 1-4 and won the four-match Test series, first in 35 years, 1-0.

And Sreesanth is proud to be member of the Indian side that broke the jinx in the Test series.

''...I was fortunate that I was part of the team which created history by winning the Test series,'' he said.

Sreesanth also admitted that the slower Caribbean pitches caught the Indian pacers surprised.

''Earlier, I thought wickets there would be very quick but once the One-day and the Test matches started off, we realised they are slow wickets,'' he recalled.

On personal front, Sreesanth returned from the tour with a prized scalp, Brian Lara, and the sprightly pacer said lot of preparation went behind it.

''You cannot get him out with a short ball. I realised that in Antigua. I spoke to Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, who gave me suggestions,'' he said.

Talking about next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka, also involving India and South Africa, Sreesanth predicted a highly competitive tournament.

''The way we have been performing in the last six months, there's a good series in the offing. Also, Sri Lanka have been performing very well. They have good batting with (Sanath) Jayasuriya and (Upul) Tharanga and it is going to be challenging,'' he added.

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