New Delhi: Undeterred by the criticism for the shoddy performance in the first two Tests, India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan said the team is confident of doing well in the third Test in Perth, starting January 13.
"We are focused and quietly confident. It's not the first time we are in the tough situation. We are confident about doing well," Zaheer said.
"Melbourne has been fantastic and we put pressure on the team. Sydney we thought there was a lot of difference between the first day and the second day. Considering all that we have put in a good effort," he added.
Zaheer, who has been India's most successful bowler in the series with 10 wickets in 2 matches, said he was relieved to have passed the Sydney hurdle and was looking forward to play his first Test on the bouncy Perth wicket.
"I am glad I have passed the Sydney hurdle. I am excited about playing on the Perth wicket," he said.
Zaheer's bowling partner, Ishant Sharma, however has played here before and had done well on the last tour. "He's been bowling well and it's just a matter of time that he starts picking up wickets. He has played in Perth before and this is the place that got him in reckoning," Zaheer said.
Zaheer, however, played safe when asked about Ishant flipping off the crowd while being heckled by the fans when the Indian team was busy go-karting.
"Unfortunately I did not go for go-karting yesterday so I really don't know what happened. I didn't talk about it with Ishant," the pacer said.
When asked about the wait for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th ton and its effect on the team, Zaheer said: "We want Sachin to score big for India but we are not stressed about his 100th ton. But the way he is playing, his feet movement, the way he is playing his shots, it looks his 100th hundred is not far away."
Zaheer also took a dig at Australian keeper Brad Haddin, who on Monday said that the Indians "break quicker than anyone in the world" when things are not going their way.
"Haddin should focus on his keeping. That looked fragile to me. Since he is doing the talk, it looks like he has been appointed just for that," he said.
Commenting on the India's team composition for the Perth Test, Zaheer said: "There are all sorts of possibilities possible. No combinations have been decided. We will look at the pitch a day before the match and then decide the playing XI."
Zak also had a word of praise for rookie pacer Umesh Yadav. "Umesh Yadav is just starting in the international arena. I think that freedom is important for us. At this stage of his career he is allowed to make mistakes. I am very happy with his bowling."
Speaking about Ricky Ponting, who resurrected his dwindling career with a century in Sydney, Zaheer said: "All I could see is that Ricky applied himself well in Sydney. A hundred is a hundred but he has changed as a player. He has become more of a grinder."