Brad Haddin has been appointed just to talk: Zaheer Khan

Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan said the Indian team is completely focused on the upcoming third Test at Perth and undeterred by criticism for losses in first two Tests Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Jan 10, 2012

India s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has hit back at Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin s jibe on Indian team by asking him to focus on his fragile wicket-keeping.

Zaheer was quoted in NDTV as saying, “Haddin should focus on his keeping. That looked fragile to me. Since he is doing the talk, it looks like he has been appointed just for that.”

Earlier the Australian wicket keeper had said that the Indian team crumbles under pressure sooner than other teams.

Ignoring the ascending media pressure on the Indian team, Zaheer added that the Indian team is completely focused on the third Test, starting January 13 at Perth.

He said, “We are focused and quietly confident. It’s not the first time we are in the tough situation. We are confident about doing well.

“Melbourne has been fantastic and we put pressure on the team. Sydney we thought there was a lot of difference between the first day and the second day. Considering all that we have put in a good effort.”

The pacer was also happy with his individual performance in the second Test at Sydney.

“I am glad I have passed the Sydney hurdle. I am excited about playing on the Perth wicket,” he said.

Zaheer added that his bowling partner Ishant Sharma who looked out of sorts in second Test will be amongst the wickets sooner. “

He’s been bowling well and it’s just a matter of time that he starts picking up wickets. He has played in Perth before and this is the place that got him in reckoning,” Zaheer said.

But Zaheer played down Ishant s finger-gesture controversy. He said, “Unfortunately I did not go for go-karting yesterday so I really don’t know what happened. I didn’t talk about it with Ishant.”

When asked about the wait for Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton he said: “We want Sachin to score big for India but we are not stressed about his 100th ton. But the way he is playing, his feet movement, the way he is playing his shots, it looks his 100th hundred is not far away.”

Zaheer added that the team management has not decided on the team combination for the third Test.

He said, “There are all sorts of possibilities possible. No combinations have been decided. We will look at the pitch a day before the match and then decide the playing XI.”

Zak praised rookie bowler Umesh Yadav s attitude. He said, “Umesh Yadav is just starting in the international arena. I think that freedom is important for us. At this stage of his career he is allowed to make mistakes. I am very happy with his bowling.”

Zaheer feels former Australian captain Ricky Ponting did well to score a century in the second Test but was not at his aggressive best.

“All I could see is that Ricky applied himself well in Sydney. A hundred is a hundred but he has changed as a player. He has become more of a grinder,” he said.