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I enjoyed taking Tendulkar’s wicket: Phangiso

Lions spinner overjoyed at dismissing the Little Master

Winning the opening game of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012 is not the only reason for Aaron Phangiso to continue dancing into the night. It was a momentous occasion for the left-arm spinner to have knocked the bails off Sachin Tendulkar’s stumps. The victory dance that followed gave a glimpse of what the bowler was feeling after claiming one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game.

After the Highveld Lions beat the Mumbai Indians by eight wickets a doubly delighted Phangiso spoke to clt20.com about bowling to Tendulkar and what it means to have dismissed the Little Master.

Excerpts from the brief interview:

That was a big wicket to start the tournament

I enjoyed that wicket especially being one the greatest batsman in the world, Sachin Tendulkar; I enjoyed that a lot.

You must have broken billions of hearts with that celebration when you bowled Sachin Tendulkar

I don’t know what to say, but I hope that the hearts are still up, because he is a great player. He is always going to bounce back and get a lot of runs.

Will the celebration continue into the night?

Celebration is definitely going to continue for me. We are going to celebrate. It is a big game for us, and a big win.

What was going through your mind when Sachin Tendulkar was at the crease and you were going to bowl to him?

It is one of those moments, for which you have been preparing, knowing that we are playing against the Mumbai Indians. I was prepared and I just tried to do what I do best and then hoped to do well.

So, how have you been preparing?

I have just been doing the normal stuff. Bowling in the nets and bowling to our players that’s all that I have been doing. I have just been working on my line and length that’s what I have been working on.

Will you be sleeping at all tonight?

No, I am not going to sleep. I am just going to enjoy this moment.  

Is there a lot of pressure to win being the home side and being one of the two South African teams to compete for the title? 

It is always great when you are playing in front of your home crowd. Obviously, you’ve got to try and please the fans and make them happy and come back the next time. Winning the first game is always good. Every team dreams of that.

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