Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine on Saturday praised hard-hitting India opener Virender Sehwag.
Mohali: Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine on Saturday praised hard-hitting India opener Virender Sehwag and said when in form, he is frustrating for the opposition bowlers.
"It's good to watch a class player like him, but it gets frustrating for the bowlers when he is out there," Paine said after the second day's play of the first Test between India and Australia.
The Delhi batsman on Saturday smashed a brisk 59 off 54 balls and raced to his half-century in just 38 balls, before holding to Michael Clarke of the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.
India were batting at 110 for two after 21 overs when the day's play ended. Earlier, Paine made 92 as Australia were bowled out for 428 in the first innings.
"It's very hard to bowl to him. It's good to see when he gets out," he said.
He said that India still has some class batsmen who are yet to bat and the Aussies on Sunday would be looking to make some early inroads to break the strong formidable Indian batting line-up.
He also said the Mohali wicket was now getting "slower and slower" and hoped that Mitchell Johnson would get some reverse swing on Sunday.
With Indian skipper M S Dhoni dropping couple of catches behind the stumps, Paine knew it's going to be hard as balls are not carrying with the pitch.
He also praised India pacer Zaheer Khan for his splendid bowling under difficult conditions and added that India also have some quality spinners.
"It is hard to score of him (Zaheer)," he said.