Pathan determined to keep up the good work

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Irfan Pathan's exploits may have earned him the tag of new pace spearhead, but he is determined to not let the accolades distract him.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Irfan Pathan's exploits in Australia and Pakistan may have earned him the tag of new pace spearhead, but the young speedster is determined to not let the accolades distract him. Pathan said the emergence of many young fast bowlers had brought about a healthy competition but he believed that it did not put any undue pressure on him. "If I think too much about what I should do then pressure will build on me. I am always focussed to maintain the line and length," Pathan told reporters here today. "As far as I am concerned, my performance and the team's victory matter the most. We all want to perform well for the team's cause," the Baroda pacer said. No pressure Asked whether the emergence of young bowlers knocking at the doors of team selection put more pressure on him, he said, "Whoever bowls well will definitely find a place in the team. I do not think there is any pressure. We learn from each other." Pathan said his interactions with bowling legends like Dennis Lillee and Kapil Dev had helped him to perform better. "Talking to great bowlers, especially Lillee at the MRF Academy, had definitely helped me to the extent that I was able to perform better," the bowler said. 'Senior's advice helps' "Seniors like Zaheer Khan, Asish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar always help us, especially youngsters like me. I have consistently improved a lot making good of their advice," Pathan added. "When I started my international career I wavered a lot. I used to swing the ball too much and this resulted in lot of wide balls. With each passing game I improved a lot," he said. Bowling priority Pathan said he was not planning to become an all-rounder and was only concentrating on improving his bowling. "I'm there in the team because of my bowling. Batting will automatically come if I keep playing for India. But for the present I am concentrating more on bowling," he said. The Baroda youngster spoke highly of coach John Wright "who was working very hard with everybody". The young fast bowler also admitted that life had changed for him after making it to the Indian team. (PTI)

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