Irfan good enough to play up the order: Lehman

Published: Friday, January 25, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Even though it was a risky experiment, former Aussie all-rounder Darren Lehman said sending Pathan to open the Indian innings in the fourth Test at Adelaide Oval was a "really good idea".

Considering the fact that the tourists' regular opener Wasim Jaffer did not perform for six innings and India wanted to play five bowlers, Pathan was India's answer at the top order, said Lehman.

"I think it's a really good idea, at least it allows them to play five bowlers," said Lehman.

"Young Wasim had probably been struggling a little bit to start the tour in the first three Tests, so I think it's a good idea to give them an extra bowler and he (Pathan) had to play, he bowled really well in Perth," the Herald Sun quoted him as saying.

"It's a positive move, they've got to win the Test and it allows them to have five bowlers to get the 20 wickets" he added.

The Australian, who played 27 Tests for Australia, believes Pathan was good  enough to handle the pressure at the top order.

"It depends how hot it is but Irfan Pathan is a very, very good cricketer. He bats very well, and I've been impressed with the way he's come back into the side.

"I was quite surprised he got left out in Melbourne. I would have played him there where the pitch doesn't spin so much," he said.

"For him I think he'll be fine; he's a fit young man." he added.


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