South African leg spinner Imran Tahir has had a very productive tour of India till now, as he has been economical, and among the wickets. The dynamic leg spinner is also pleased with the rewards he has got for his consistent hardwork and patience. In the first test at Mohali, Tahir took a four wicket haul in the second innings.
“I’m very glad with the way that I performed in the Mohali game,” Tahir said. “There was probably one patch where I didn’t bowl well, it was towards the end of the second day, but other than that, I went into the game with the big belief that I can do something. I’ve worked hard and I’m happy to see it paying off.”
Tahir also admitted that there was always the pressure to perform for South Africa. “The pressure is always there, it doesn’t matter where you play. It’s how you cope with it that will set you apart. There is definitely pressure, everyone expects you to take wickets because its turning miles and the Indian spinners are taking wickets. I focus on what I need to do for the team, that is how I challenge myself. I don’t like to look outside of it, at the end of the day I give my 100 percent for the team, that is satisfying,” Tahir said.
Speaking about the Mohali test, Tahir said, “It worked well in this game. I have never been used like that in Test cricket so it was something different. With that you have to be mentally strong because you have to come back and bowl straight from the cold, you’ve been off for ten overs or so. I enjoyed it, credit goes to the captain for giving me this role,” Tahir said.
“The conditions here allow you to spin the ball a little bit more. If you are playing on hard tracks where the ball doesn’t spin much you are more likely to give batsmen the opportunity to score easily. Here you want to get them to play shots, and try to bowl slowly. I played here in the one-day games and when it turns it turns nicely, with that I can use my variations really well,” Tahir concluded.