Gautam Gambhir backing Zaheer Khan to outbowl James Anderson in Kolkata
India opener Gautam Gambhir has warned England that anything James Anderson can do, Zaheer Khan can do better.
Last Updated: 06/12/12 6:19am
Anderson bowled beautifully on the first day of the third and final Test at Eden Gardens, taking 3-68 and making the ball reverse swing as India closed on 273-7.
It was the first time in the series that swing, and not spin was the main threat to the batsmen.
Gambhir, who hit a fine 60, believes that India have bowlers who can do even more damage to England.
"We have got Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma; Zaheer is the master of reverse swing," said Gambhir.
"Hiding the shining side makes it difficult for the batsman. A total of 350 will see a good contest. It might be in England's favour now, but reverse swing might change all that when we take the field too.
"In every innings two or three batsmen get off to good starts, and then it is their responsibility to make the big scores.
"I should have gone on after getting into the 60s - Sachin and I should have got the big runs. Still, there are no easy hundreds in Test cricket. At any rate, this is a stage to deliver, not the stage to learn."
Gambhir was involved in a dreadful mix-up with Virender Sehwag, who was run out, the first wicket to fall.
Gambhir said: "I didn't think there was a third run there. To run for a throw is always dicey, and it was risky so early in the day. The ball was swinging and Sehwag was striking well."
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