Sledging within limits fine: Irfan

Irfan Pathan says sledging has its own charm, if done within limits.

updated: February 25, 2008 14:59 IST
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The BCCI may be adamant to stamp out sledging from cricket but India's left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan says he is comfortable with some chitchat as long as those are within the limits.

A day after BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said the Board would seek a ban on sledging in next week's ICC Chief Executives Committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Irfan was pleasantly inclined in favour of sledging.

"Sledging has been a part of the game and carries a certain charm about it. As a fast bowler, personally, I don't think staring down at a batsman or such stuff is bad," he told reporters, adding a rider "But it should be within limits."

The paceman, who has not looked back since his heroics in the Perth Test, is absolutely delighted with his form and fitness.

He also wants fans not to worry too much about a few youngsters who haven't been getting their chances.

"Their time would come. So far only four matches have been played. Quite a few games are still left. I don't think there is need to worry too much. They would have their opportunity," Irfan said.

Meanwhile, manager Vimal Soni clarified that team physio John Gloster had indeed resigned a couple of weeks ago and thus implied that it wasn't as if the physio had decided to leave out of the blue.

Tendulkar stays indoors

Among the Indian players, Sachin Tendulkar preferred the indoor nets to the outdoor one, as has been his routine since the CB Series began earlier this month.

The nets though held interest for the intensity and ferocity of a few batsmen. Robin Uthappa, who has batted in only two of his four innings so far and in one of them didn't come to face a single delivery, batted as if to take the cover off every delivery.

Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, tried very hard to rediscover his form. He hit big and long but in between there were those usual swishes outside the off-stump and awkward fending off short-pitched deliveries. Irfan and Munaf Patel tested him out in all seriousness.

Captain MS Dhoni was another who unfurled some brutal strokes as did Manoj Tiwary. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, in contrast, took it easy. They have fewer reasons to worry about.