'New Zealand tour was a good learning experience'

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/y/yusufpathan.jpg' class='caption'> India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan describes the New Zealand tour as a good learning experience which will be of great help to him in future.

Updated: April 08, 2009 16:58 IST
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New Delhi:

All rounder Yusuf Pathan on Thursday described his none-to-impressive tour of New Zealand as a good learning experience which would be of great help to him in future.

"I could have performed better but I am not disappointed. I have learnt some lessons which will be helpful to me in future also," Yusuf said after returning from NZ where he was part of Indian T20 and ODI team.

"Overall, it was a good experience. I have played on pitches and conditions alien to me. I am satisfied with my performance although could have performed better," said the all rounder, who has played 22 ODIs and four Twenty20 International matches so far.

India lost T20 series (2-0) but came back strongly and won the ODI series 3-1.

Considered amongst the best batsman in the shortest form of cricket Yusuf could score only 20 (20and 0) in two Twenty20 matches and 21 runs in three innings in ODI series.

"After the loss in T20 series it was really nice to win ODI series. We worked a lot for that win which came after many years on Kiwi soil. It's a big achievment and a result of good team effort," he said.

Asked about the atmostphere in the dressing room after losing the T20 series, Yusuf said there was big silence and everyone realised their mistakes.

"We are T20 World Champions and it was sad to lose that way. Everyone was shocked and realised his mistake. We made a point not to repeat them in ODI series. All the players worked really hard and we came back strongly in ODI series," he said.

He was appreciative of Virender Sehwag who was in murderous form in ODIs. "Sehwag was at his best. It was enjoyable to see him playing his natural game. Not only him but everyone tried to give his best in that series."

Like Sehwag he also enjoys to dominate the bowling attack and does not fear from any bowler around the world. "Whenever I come for bat I only think about the ball not the bowler. I do not get afraid of any big name. If I do, I won't be able to play," he said.

After his explosive batting display in inaugural IPL, in which he played vital role in Rajasthan Royals triumph, Yusuf is considered to be one of the best strokeplayers in T20 cricket but he does not want to remain a pinch hitter.

"I have played good so far and I thank god for that. But naturally every cricketer dreams to play Test and I am not the exception. I am waiting for the right time and I will show my ability to play in five-day game. I am evolving as a cricketer and it will take some time to be there," said the Varodara player.

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