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Posted on Dec 05, 07:54PM | UNI
Defending India's performance of the day, opening batsman Gautam Gambhir today said the team had quality bowlers to give England a tough time.
"We had some difficulty watching their ball as they (England bowlers) were hiding the shining part, which made difficult to play the reverse swing. Even we have good quality bowlers in Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, who can bowl reverse swing well.
"We will give them a tough time," he said during the post-match press conference at Eden Gardens here.
India were reeling at 273/7 at the end of the opening day's play of the Third Test. Talking about the same, Gambir said, "It's a good total. Started well, but the run out (virendra Sehwag) was unfortunate because Sehwag was hitting well. But it happens in cricket.
"Sachin and I had a good start, but it could have been better, if we went further with the run," he added.
Talking about Sachin's returning to form with a fighting 76, the southpaw said, "It's good for the Indian side. Because it's a collective game and everyone has to perform his task for the country." England's star performer of the day James Anderson, who took 3/68, praised the Eden track saying it was good like any other world class pitch.
Anderson, who has now dismissed Tendulkar for the maximum times in Tests, said he was elated of having Sachin's wicket because he was quite dangerous.
"If he got going, then it would have troubled us. Sachin was prize wicket of the day for England," he added.