New Delhi, Nov 25 (UNI) Bad shot selection combined with the fall of three quick wickets in four balls in their second innings cost Pakistan dear in the first Test against India at Feroz Shah Kotla here today, said the left arm speedster Shoail Tanvir.
Talking to reporters after fourth day's play, Tanvir said, ''We played some bad shots. There was nothing in the pitch to assist the seamers. If we had scored more than 247 in the second innings, the situation could have been different.'' ''The wickets of Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq proved to be crucial. If we had scored 300 plus in the second innings then we could probably have thought of winning the match,'' the 22-year-old added.
The wrong-footed Pakistan bowler though put up a brave face in defending the bad shot selection of Misbah, who got out playing a rash shot off the bowling of Sourav Ganguly, and said, ''He played well in both the innings.
We wanted to accelerate and while doing so he fell. We must give credit to him the way he played in the match.'' When asked if they missed the services of another spinner in their side, Tanvir said, ''No, it's not like that. We have very good fast bowlers, who bowled very well.'' Stating that the wicket did not offer any assistance to him in the second innings, Tanvir said, ''The wicket did not offer any assistance to me. I thus tried to bowl line and length.'' On his own performance in the match, the pacer said, ''No one is fully satisfied. No matter how well you perform one can not be satisfied with the end result.'' ''Bhookh humesha badti jati hai.'' When quizzed whether he felt any pressure of bowling to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, he said, ''I did not have pressure of bowling to anyone.'' UNI