I’m trying hard to bowl away from stumps: Tahir

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 00:04 AM IST

New Delhi: South Africa’s Imran Tahir made a memorable ODI debut with a four-wicket haul against West Indies in the World Cup match here on Thursday but the Pakistan-born leg-spinner almost ruined his party with a double warning for running on to the pitch.

In his only outing in the ODIs as well as World Cup, Tahir returned with figures of four for 41 to help South Africa bowl out West Indies for a modest 222 in a Group ‘B’ match.

But during his impressive spell on Thursday, Tahir was cautioned twice by Australian umpire Simon Taufel for running on to danger zone and the 31-year-old leggie said he is trying hard not to repeat the mistake in the upcoming matches.

“I’m not comfortable bowling away from the stumps, but I’m working hard on it,” said Tahir after the first innings of the match at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium.

“I want to get it right. I don’t want to get a third warning and not be able to bowl,” he added.

Tahir, who was born in Lahore and has got the license to play for the Proteas after marrying a South African girl, also said that his skipper Graeme Smith has plenty of faith in his abilities.

“Graeme (Smith) had a lot of confidence in me. I bowled well in the second spell, some days you have a bad day, some day a good on, on Thursday was a good day,” he said.

“In the powerplays, varying the pace is the key,” Tahir added.