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I am still not an all-rounder: Pathan

Written by: Staff

Mohali, Mar 12 (UNI) Despite International Cricket Council listing him as an all-rounder, left handed batsman and medium pacer Irfan Pathan does not consider himself as an all-rounder as yet.

Addressing a press conference after the day's play here today, Pathan, who made a quickfire 52 to take India to safety batting along with captain Dravid, said he need a couple of hundreds before being considered as an all-rounder.

''I am still a bowler who can bat also. Getting wickets is important for me,'' said Pathan.

He said India will press for a win tomorrow. ''We will bowl well tomorrow, we have chance for force victory.'' Meanwhile, England half centurion Ian Bell was disappointed to get out, caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni of the bowling of Anil Kumble.

''I wanted to be there (batting) tomorrow. I am frustrated to get out after doing work. I could not anticipate the fast delivery (off Kumble) which took the edge and landed at Dhoni's gloves ,'' the right-handed batsman said.

Bell made a laboured 57 with the help of seven fours. He and opener Andrew Strauss were associated in a 43-run stand for the second wicket.

''If captain Andrew Flintoff and Geraint Jones bat well tomorrow, we can stage a fightback,'' Bell added.


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