Very special feeling to get Sachin out: Pattinson

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 16:19 [IST]
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Pattinson savours Tendulkar wicket

Sydney, Jan 3: Australia's pace sensation James Pattinson on Tuesday termed his dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar as a lucky one at the Sydney Cricket Ground here but said that it was a special feeling nevertheless.

"To get Sachin out is something I wouldn't forget in my life. It's a very special feeling but it was very unlucky for him as it was quite a wide delivery," said Pattinson (4/43) after dismissing Tendulkar for 41 even as India collapsed to 191 in the first innings of the second Test.

"But then if you can build enough pressure, it can happen to anyone. It appeared he wanted to drive here and thought he could do it."

"He has so much time, the little flick he plays over gully and slips. You think its a good ball but he gets it for four. The way he plays defensive shots, you feel it is hard to get past him. But then every batsmen is vulnerable if you bowl well," he added.

The 21-year-old denied that the sight of Tendulkar and the fact that everyone wants him to get his 100th century fires up the bowling unit.

"As a bowler, he doesn't fire you to get him out. The bubble in our bowling attack at the moment is great. We know if we don't bowl well, they can keep you on the backfoot," said Pattinson.

Pattinson triggered the tourists' slide on Tuesday when he had opener Gambhir out off the third ball of the Test, nudging an outswinger to first slip Michael Clarke for a duck to continue his poor series.

Sehwag was his second wicket, enticing the uninhibited opener to nick to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 30 in the 19th over.

Pattinson, bowling with beautiful shape, tempted Laxman to drive, only to edge to Shaun Marsh at third slip for two.

It was a rare batting failure for Laxman at the SCG, which statistically is his most productive scoring venue outside of India with three hundreds and an average of 96.20 coming into this Test.

But Pattinson's biggest moment came when he had Tendulkar playing on to his stumps for 41 in his 13th over for his fourth wicket of the innings.

"I'd like to say it's good bowling being a bowler. I think for both teams we've had a couple of loose shots," Pattinson said of his wickets.

"It's a trend in the batting that they want to try and attack the bowlers as much as they can, get on top of it.

"That's probably a plan for them with us being a bit of inexperienced bowling attack, maybe they think if they get on top of us we'll sort of fold. To our credit we haven't had that frame of mind."

Pattinson has now taken 24 wickets in his fourth Test, at an average of 14.45.


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