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“Pakistan can clean sweep the series in Delhi and if it happens, it will be a blessing for Pakistan cricket.” -Photo by AP

Pakistan’s convincing wins against India in the ongoing ODI series has surprised the country’s former captain Zaheer Abbas, who believes Misbah-ul-Haq’s men handled the pressure of the situation better than the home side.

Pakistan, leading the three-match series 2-0, won the first game by six wickets before recording a thumping 85-run victory in the second game. The manner is which India folded led Abbas to suggest that perhaps the hosts were tired and uninspired.

Prior to this, MS Dhoni’s side were handed an embarrassing 2-1 Test series defeat by England, the visitor’s first such triumph on India soil in 28 years. So when Pakistan arrived, the boys in blue had a point to prove but were clearly found wanting.

“I did not expect such wins. It was a battle of nerves and Pakistan did better to win it. On the contrary, the Indian players were tired. They have played too much cricket recently and have not performed to the potential,” Abbas told PTI-Bhasha.

Pakistan appeared a better-gelled outfit and Abbas particularly lauded the effort of its bowling line that was up against a celebrated Indian order.

“Pakistan has done exceptionally well. Nasir (Jamshed) and (Mohammed) Hafeez were particularly brilliant with the bat while bowlers like Umar (Gul), Junaid (Khan) and (Saeed) Ajmal did not let the famed Indian batting line-up open their hands,” Abbas, widely known as 'Asian Bradman' for his run scoring abilities, said.

“Pakistani bowlers maintained an accurate line and length and none of the Indian top order batsmen could fire.”

Abbas was of the view that perhaps the Indian side succumbed to the pressure of performing at home and defended under-fire skipper Dhoni.

“Naturally there is additional pressure to perform in front of a home crowd and it tends to increase when India and Pakistan play each other. A captain alone cannot win matches. A captain is as good as the team. Bowlers and batsmen have to perform. It was due to Dhoni's unbeaten century that India managed to get a decent score in the first match and in the second match also he batted well.”

Predicting a sweep for Pakistan, Abbas said, “I think this team can do this. Pakistan can clean sweep the series in Delhi and if it happens, it will be a blessing for Pakistan cricket.”

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Comments (38)

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan
January 4, 2013 2:22 pm
I think there is something fishy going on in the Indian cricket team. It looks like a plot to get rid of Dhoni I guess. Excellent performance by Pakistan Masha Allah. Insha Allah it will be 3-0.
Anony
January 4, 2013 5:06 pm
Thank you Ravindran. It was indeed a very good series and win or a loss is a part of the game. I'm pretty sure that if Rahane, Tiwari or Rayudu were selected in place of gambhir, sehwag and rohit, the results would not have been much different. It was the 'hunger' to win that led Pakistan to win the series. If Gambhir, sehwag had clicked and won the series for india, you probably wouldn't have said such a thing. Nevertheless, an excellent series and we should definitely have a lot more like these in the future. "Long live Pak-India relations"
Anony
January 4, 2013 5:07 pm
Thank you. It was a good series.
Amir
January 4, 2013 12:56 pm
You are absolutely correct. Its BCCI who is providing these players the platform. There is no action against under performer.
Michael Warner
January 4, 2013 8:03 pm
Good wins and so far the tour is successful. Indian team is going through a massive change in the personnel. Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Zaheer and Harbhagan are out of the team. So, the new team needs to be together for sometime. All of them are good players but at this time individually. Indian team needs a new leader so, Virender should be given the responsibility and Ghautam and Kohli should be prepared to replace him in next two years. Top cricket side like India loosing in Australia with all great cricketers, later to England and Pakistan at home does not digest. Surely, there is a lack of something in the dressing room and I guess poor application is applied. Pakistan is playing better with each outing in the International arena. Now the time has come that all teams should visit Pakistan and play cricket and give the opportunity to people to watch them playing. Irfan and Junaid can be the future pair with Amer back in the side to open fast bowling. Hopefully, Nasir and Hafeez will continue to do well and Younis and Misbah for another couple of years can play. So, it seems things are lookin bright for the Pakistan Cricket team. Good Luck.
ch.Subba Rao
January 4, 2013 6:09 pm
definitely pakistan is better side and indian slide continuing bad to worse
maju
January 4, 2013 6:08 pm
Zaheer Abbas Is correct,indians are tired due continuous cricket.IPL will Kill Indian Cricket
Anony
January 4, 2013 5:08 pm
It was a disaster in the making in the first place.
Anony
January 4, 2013 5:08 pm
I sense a sore loser here.
cricker lover
January 4, 2013 5:53 pm
rahanae the kid tiwari with long hair he only scores in ipl in indian pitches and low quality indian bowlers..never the less good joke
Devil
January 4, 2013 3:59 pm
:-) Wake up call for the fans to stop watching it now !! All fixed man !!
Riaz
January 4, 2013 12:42 pm
Clean sweep is a must for restoration of cricket in Pakistan. Lets do it
Rehan
January 4, 2013 3:23 pm
Zaheer sb is right in his assessment. Well Kamran Akmal deserves a rare praise for his brilliant work behind the stumps ..... instead of clean sweep, Azhar Ali & Misbah should take a breather and pave way for budding youngsters in 3rd ODI .....
S Ravindran
January 4, 2013 3:43 pm
Hats off to pakistan The way inwhich you are touring india is marvelus.. As it said earlier by the captain of pakistan before the start of match that they came here to win the hearts of every Indian..... It is true.. After seeing the game I was very much delighted by the way the pakistanis played the matches... But onething I want to tell my brothers that this is a old team with all old men are playing If they want to really achieve in India then they have to really fight with Rahane, manoj tiwary, rayudu, saha in the place of gambir, sehwag, rohit & dhoni.. Then the game will be different .. We want to see that type of matches.. Unfortunately the poor old guys played with pakistan in a useless manner.... Once again congratulations to my brothers of pakistan.. long live Indo-pak relation... S Ravindran
ali
January 4, 2013 4:51 pm
Lets forget about indo pak relations and just talk about cricket, being a pakistani I have a lot of respect for ms dhoni he is a top man
rich
January 4, 2013 1:35 pm
well to call spade a spade, its not india was tired, and this and that pakistan plated well and they won plain and simple, yes i must say the pakstani bowlers won them the matches Richie Mumbai
Javed
January 4, 2013 4:29 pm
"surprised by surrender".....Why can't he just say that the better side won?
yahya Khan
January 4, 2013 3:26 pm
Pakistani players should not relax after winning the series as it happened so many times in the past. They should maintain their winning rhythm. Well done boys. keep it up.
Pervez
January 4, 2013 3:27 pm
IPL......you need Pakistani players to fire it up!
obaid
January 4, 2013 4:16 pm
Now it is time to tap new players. May be genuine folks from under 19 team
Ashish
January 4, 2013 2:55 pm
Great applause for the Pakis . Superb bowling and improved fielding has done the Indians ! Well done .
Vicky Raj
January 4, 2013 12:54 pm
Indian players now a days fit to play for IPL matches and unavailable for International matches. All Indian players are now billionaire. They are now not interested to play international matches. I think all these players need solid kick in their back.
Muba Khan
January 4, 2013 3:11 pm
Being a pakistani I have to say Dhoni is a great player/captain. Good luck on 3rd match.
Abdullah Hussain
January 4, 2013 12:44 pm
Bollywood, free flow of advertisement & IPL money are doing the damage to the Indian team that prefers to play at individual level more than as a team. Paper tiger hype of Indian batting has further deteriorated the situation in the Indian camp. Indians tried to run like rabbits forgetting that the turtles can fight hard to win. Good Luck to Pakistan in the 3rd ODI at Delhi.
Ripper,India
January 4, 2013 12:07 pm
Hope it will be a Clean sweep..Must send wake up call to our Crorepati players !!
Siva
January 4, 2013 1:34 pm
Pakistan is back into form and it is good to see......hope they will continue the momentum. If they continue this form, Pak going to be WC-2015 main contender. PCB to keep high monitoring on players n let them not to indulge in betting & match fixing, apparently spoil their career. Also PCB try to pay as high as possible to players that helps not to divert from their focus. At the same time, give them security n assurance to protect them from bookies.
Malick
January 4, 2013 9:53 pm
Dhoni is exceptional caption but Hafeez is extra exceptional caption, who support his co, bays player.
zaidi
January 4, 2013 9:34 pm
if india win that match u all said that series is fixed bla bla .. but unfortunately pak wins then all said who play good they won ... shame on u
Raza
January 4, 2013 11:00 pm
I would say better side on the day won. Let's be realistic and not get carried away, the same indian side beat Pakistan in Dhaka last year by chasing a huge total. Indian team seems to be out of momentum right now, they are a much better side. Cricketing-wise, every batsmen/bowler/team has it good days and bad days. India losing to pakistan or vice versa doesn't make either a 'good' or a 'bad' team.
Waqar
January 5, 2013 2:48 am
A word of Precaution for PCB, we have just discovered a very talented bowler Junaid Khan, PCB should start the education program for him on match fixing, drug and various aspect of sportsmanship. We don't want to see another scandal and loose another good talent like we lost Ammir few years ago.... This is the future of Pakistan cricket and we need to groom them properly. I am would like to see Ammir, Zunaid opening the Pakistani bowling attack.... A lethal attack...
Ram
January 5, 2013 4:04 am
Every dog has his day. No one could take chance with new boys in Indo/Pak match...played after long time
Mehboob Malik
January 5, 2013 5:59 am
A captain alone cannot win matches, well said. This thing no one realise. Dhoni did excellent job he should not be blamed only, what the other players did this leaves a question mark on their performance too. On the other hand no doubt Pakistan team played very well but still we have to think about the red areas and improve them too like after getting the start of 141 we just managed to score 250 this also leaves a question mark on our team's batting ability. Young players like Haris Sohail, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz should be given the chance to play in the last match.
Faisal
January 5, 2013 6:22 am
I think too much cricket have actually exhausted the Indian. Although Dhoni probably the best w/c batsmen IndoPak has ever seen played his heartout.
Mr.T
January 5, 2013 7:06 am
Misbah was happy as he did something increadable, lost a world cup then wining a match doesn't make you world champ, even they lose they are world champ, thanks to misbah and his associates...
Mr.T
January 5, 2013 7:15 am
How can someone forget the shame of loosing the world cup by misbah and his team ?
kashif
January 5, 2013 8:02 am
What is your point Mr.Abbas? Why are you scared of saying Pakistan beat India comprehensively. Playing with Pakistan with the schedule of playing with England was Indian board's decision ..what would you say if Indian would have won against England etc......this is same body language and India's performance when Pakistan played with them in the world cup...Indian team can never hold the pressure playing against Pakistan.....Thanks to Rehman Malik who didn't go to watch the match!!!!. Mr. ZA don't damage you image by such statements.....you are indeed a hero of Pakistan. lets be like this
HAIDER
January 5, 2013 8:22 am
When Dhoni can play why others cant. I think there is some conspiracy going on for captainship in indianteam.
abdulazeez
January 5, 2013 9:15 am
@ Abdulla Hussain: we are the world champions till 2015
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