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Hyderabad: Jeetan Patel is confident New Zealand can “fight” and make a comeback in the first Test against India.
“We have got the opportunity tomorrow, face the music, and fight… The best thing about us is that we know how to fight. We will fight back... We have been in a lot of situation where we had to fight.
“Tomorrow is a good chance for the guys to get back in. Hopefully, if things get better, we can get closer to getting back into the game,” Patel, who took four wickets, said.
Patel stopped short of saying that the pitch was under-prepared. “I think the wicket has changed a little bit... But it's still slow and low with the seamers. It is taking more turn, probably a little more than we expected... Such as an under-prepared wicket and we expected that,” he said.
Nevertheless, he gave due credit to India bowlers. “They bowled some good balls and we nicked them. That is what happens in cricket. It's tough. It was always going to be a hard tour for us bowling first up on a wicket that does not help you. It's an opportunity to bowl plenty of overs against the best batsmen in the world.”
Patel said the team was missing Daniel Vettori, though, he wasn't under any extra pressure. “You can't take anything away from Dan… He is an exceptional Test bowler. With him being here, it would have been a different dynamic in the team altogether.
“I have come back into this side since there was an opportunity to play. For me, it is just another chance to play for New Zealand and to do what I love doing, which is playing for my country. I don't think there's any extra pressure,” he said.