Irfan, Tiwary keen to make every chance count

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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:10 [IST]
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Irfan, Tiwary determined to play well

New Delhi: Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan are keen to make every chance count during the next one month as they have been included in the ODI squad for the tri-series involving India, Australia and Sri Lanka starting on Feb 5.

Both the players have memories of the previous tour as Tiwary was done in by a Brett Lee scorcher during his ODI debut in Brisbane back in 2007-08  while, Pathan  won the man of the match award during the most memorable Perth Test the same year, but both the players want to move on.

"The 100 against West Indies has been my breakthrough knock and I am more matured now. Having played against the likes of Dale Steyn in the IPL and batting against Brett Lee and James Pattinson at the KKR nets have certainly helped me," said Tiwary on Monday.

While Irfan also believes in action rather than resting on past laurels.

"I had a good international debut in Australia and I won the man-of-the-match against them at Perth. But that's past now and it will be a new series where I will have to perform to the best of my abilities," Pathan said over phone from Vadodara.

When both were asked the same question as to whether it is difficult for a new player to join a team that has been losing a lot, the two cricketers tried to put things into perspective.

"It takes one match to turn things around. I believe our team has the ability to do that and God willing that turnaround will happen in Adelaide," Pathan remarked.

Tiwary on his part said, "The team may have lost a few matches, but in the past few months that I have been a part of the ODI set-up, the atmosphere in the dressing room has been fantastic. I have got a lot of help from the seniors which has made me feel settled."

Asked about his preparation for Australia, Tiwary said,"My subsequent tours with the India A team has helped me prepare well. I am confident that I can do well on bouncy pitches."

"I would like to get a bit of match practice before I leave for Australia. I am planning to play a few games in Baroda. I will work a bit on fine-tuning my batting and also like to bowl a few overs", Irfan said.

"I believe in giving my hundred percent and have faith in God. When you play for your country, the hunger to succeed will always be there," the talented all-rounder remarked.


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