Lucky to get Sachin Tendulkar's wicket at SCG, says James Pattinson

Australian pacer James Pattinson feels the young bowling unit has been successful in not allowing Indian batsmen to be overly aggressive against them Getty Images

By Ashish Shukla

Sydney: Jan 3, 2012

Australia’s pace sensation James Pattinson on Tuesday termed his dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar as a lucky one at the Sydney Cricket Ground 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 for 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.

Besides Tendulkar, Pattinson feels Virender Sehwag was another Indian batsman who went after their bowling and the fast bowler saw a method in the manner the visitors wanted to scatter the home team’s plan.

“With the kind of shots he (Sehwag) plays, he can blast 100 and look fantastic. Same with VVS…he has great success against Australia in the past. They tried to come hard at us, trying to score early on through covers. They feel if they attack the bowling, they could get on top of the inexperienced attack. We haven’t let it happen

“As a bowling unit, it was great for us to see them trying to do it. If they keep trying to do it, we could keep getting success. We came out aggressive and kept hitting our spots very well,” insisted Pattinson.

There is a clear Australian plan to bowl short-pitched deliveries at the Indian tailenders and even top order have been intimidated by the control that the home attack is exercising over them.

“If you bowl good enough short balls, any tail could be pretty suspect. Even I don’t like it. The way we are bowling, not giving easy balls, it must have got to their minds where they are going to score as there are no loose balls. The intimidation comes with bowling really well,” said Pattinson.

Emphasising that he does not try to bowl expressly quick, Pattinson said, “Pace comes naturally to me. I don’t try to bowl fast. I try to bowl nice line and length but yes look to bowl my bouncers as aggressively and as quick as I can.

“The other day I had a good talk with (Glenn) McGrath and he said that’s all you need to worry about. Pace will take care of itself. It was a good advice and I will listen to it.”

The lanky pacer was pretty happy that they could get India all out for 191 on a deck, which had begun to flatten out in the afternoon.

“There was more consistent seam at the MCG. Today there was more swing bowling. The conditions did dry out after lunch and by the way some of the shots Dhoni played, it had really flattened out.

“It was a good effort to get them out for 191. We wanted to keep the score as low as possible. Hopefully our batsmen can get a bit of lead,” he said.

Expressing happiness over his partner from Victoria, Peter Siddle’s completion of 100th wicket in Test cricket today when he had last man Umesh Yadav caught behind for a nought, Pattinson said, “It was pretty special to him. Today when he got 100th wicket, he had a big smile on his face, a big hug.

“I believe he is only the 34th or 35th Australian to have done so. If we get 200 or 300 wickets together, it would be even better for us.” (PTI)