Vol. 5 Num 295 Sat. March 26, 2005  

'I was under no pressure'

Under-scanner Harbhajan Singh of India said Friday the row over his bowling action did not affect him on the way to his six-wicket haul in the third and final Test against Pakistan here.

"I was not thinking of the bowling action," said off-spinner Harbhajan, who finished with 6-152 for his 16th haul of five or more wickets in an innings in 45 Tests.

"I played without any pressure and am happy that I performed well," said Harbhajan, who was reported for his suspect bowling action by English match referee Chris Broad after the second Test at Calcutta.

In contention was his "doosra", a delivery which turns away from the right-handed batsmen instead of coming into them like a normal off-break.

"The Indian board is there to take care of the matter," said Harbhajan.

"I was not worried and also bowled 'doosra' during this innings because I am not banned from bowling this delivery."

"Questions over my bowling action were raised before, but such things happen in cricket," Harbhajan said, adding the pitch was still good for batting.

"The pitch was not offering any spin, but I extracted some bounce after tea and got two wickets after that."