I still wonder how they were able to produce such a wonderful display of swing bowling which the Indians struggled to. I think the bunch of all-rounders made the difference. Especially Abdur Razzaq, I always have admiration for this cricketer. Whether he is getting the recognition he deserves from the Pakistan board is a big doubt for me.
Now for the one-dayers too, there will be few all-rounders roaming around the grounds for both the teams. I am sure we will have some electrifying moments through out the one day series. Some snaring few shouldering are waiting for us. When India and Pakistan play matches immaterial of whether it is a one-day game or a test match, the heat is always there.
This time, India after being thrashed out of the Test competency they are back and ready to make a mark in the coming limited over matches. While Pakistan will have the edge of playing under home conditions, India has got nothing less to lose the series. Their recent past performances against the Lions and Proteas are certificates to prove that.
Pakistan are strong and hard fighters and yes, if it is India, they give two hundred percentages best. Indians need some scores from Sachin Tendulkar who is expected to open with Sehwag. Well, if these two gets going, no stopping for the India clinching the series. It is not the old Indian team and the new current is passing through some young bloods that are really proving their mettle. All India need is some scintillating performance to out play the mighty Pakistanis. It can be from either from Sehwag or Sachin or Dravid or Dhoni or..
Well there seems to be a no end for the previous statement. All I would suggest Greg Chappell is that he should be concentrating on the team in hand rather than thinking about the opponents and their mistakes. There should be a line drawn for the Chappell-Ganguly indifference. Whether Chappell likes him or not is not the question. It is all about moulding the former Indian captain so as to make him useful for the team. It is a fact that like Sachin we also need Ganguly till the World Cup 2007.
India definitely has a strong bowling line up. Only thing is whether they will all fall in place and bowl a thinking length specific to the Pakistan batsmen who are well known for their mighty hitting in the slog overs. They need to stick to the plan drawn.
On the other hand, I would say Pakistan will now be boosted by their performances in the recently concluded Test Matches. Pakistan’s batting line-up is second to none. They have some elegant as well as flashy players. If India has Sehwag, then Pakistan has Afridi as an answer. If we the Indians have Dhoni Pakistan’s wicket too kept by a superb batsmen, Kamran Akmal. The way he played the Indian bowlers and sent them to the boundaries mercilessly, I am sure you can expect some good pinch hitting from him. Pakistan has answers for all the criticisms about their batting line-up.
Their bowling headed by the Rawalpindi express is a real threat to the Indian batsmen especially when India needs to chase some mammoth Pakistan totals. Afridi will play his part in the game as a bowler too. They have as many as two useful all-rounders in the team who can produce some good match winning performances.
Well, all these are in the papers and we need to see whether both the teams can pull their socks and give us some treat for our eyes. Whether the Indian batting line-up can counter attack the Pakistan pace battery or the hard hitting Pakistan batting squad will once again smash a well balanced Indian bowling attack is to be seen. We have got just more than twelve hours to witness the world’s finest cricketers battling for the helm. You cannot stay away from the heat. It is on.