Need to keep winning momentum going against Aussies, says Kartik

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Vadodara, Oct 10 (UNI) Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, who made a successful comeback to the Indian team after a gap of 20 months, termed the nail-bitting Chandigarh victory a 'momentum swinger' in their favour which now needs to be maintained.

Kartik, who addressed the media in the pre-match conference instead of the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, said making a comeback after 20 months at this stage of his career, he did not feel any pressure.

''If I was 21 I might have felt pressure, but at 31 life has taught you a lot of things and you are able to play without any pressure, he added.

He, however admitted that the 20 months injury lay-off during which he nursed his ailing shoulder, were the toughest time in his life.

''These were the most difficult months in my life, the shoulder surgery, then the rehab, the loneliness, they were very tough,'' he added.

When asked about his game plan against inform Aussie batsman Mathew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, the left armer said it was important to stick to the plans the team had drawn up and keep at it.

These are great players and only if you are persistent enough, then you would get rewards against them, Kartik added.

About tomorrow's match, he said it is important to get the momentum going, which we have and now we have to maintain that here tomorrow.

He further said that the pitch has also been good for batting and tomorrow also it should be the same.

Kartik also allayed fears of injury to local boy Irfan Pathan, who was absent from practice today.

Irfan had practiced yesterday and since today was optional practice session as the bowlers have been bowling a lot in the recent times, he decided to rest, he added.


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