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Former Pakistan captain and team batting coach Inzamam-ul-Haq (L) has a word with the out-of-form Shahid Afridi. -Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq advised his batsmen to play positively when the limited-overs series against archrival India starts later this month and predicts the team that handles the pressure better will emerge the winner.    

The former Pakistan captain will spend a week with the players at the training camp in Lahore before the team leaves for India on Dec. 22.

“Whosoever plays aggressive cricket against India will perform better,” Inzamam said Saturday.

Inzamam was one of Pakistan's most successful batsmen in international cricket before retiring in 2007 after scoring 8,830 runs in 120 tests and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs.

Pakistan is scheduled to play two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals when the series begins at Bangalore on Dec. 25. It ends in New Delhi on Jan. 6.

It will be the first bilateral series between the two south Asian neighbors in five years since India last hosted Pakistan in 2007.

Inzamam played 67 ODIs against India during his illustrious career, scoring 2,403 runs with four centuries.

The PCB has appointed Inzamam on a series to series basis to share his vast knowledge with the team.

“My effort is to pass on my playing experience to the players and I hope it will be helpful for them when they play against India,” he said.

“Our players have played a lot against India and it's only about how to handle the pressure. Whosoever handles it well, he will play better. I will be discussing with the players how to chase, how to set the target and what's required from the batsmen.”

Inzamam, who led Pakistan in 22 ODIs against India and has a win ratio of 12-10, said Pakistan has plenty of individual match-winners in the squad but they need to play as a team against India.

“Pakistan has lot of players who could individually win matches for us, it's a good sign for Pakistan,” Inzamam said.

“But it's a team game and the more players play it as a team, it will be beneficial to Pakistan team.”

Inzamam agreed Pakistan batsmen lacked in temperament _ especially while chasing during international matches. But he blamed the proliferation of Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan batsmen's inability to stay longer at the wicket.

“In Twenty20, you need to score. There's not much involvement of technique in it; you have to score on good balls, too,” he said.

“If we start playing 10-12 test matches every year, you will see improvement in our batting.”

The former Pakistan captain said the two teams are evenly matched.

“In T20 and one-dayers, it's difficult to pick a favorite, especially between Pakistan and India,” Inzamam said.

“I think the way Pakistan team is, we can put pressure on India by playing attacking cricket.”

Comments (7) Closed

Asif Kashmiri Dec 15, 2012 03:48pm
love u Team Green
IFTIKHAR KHAN Dec 15, 2012 03:05pm
My question to the selectors of the team is that our selected batsmen do not know these techniqs ,for batting and they are selected by you guys. These points and techneques are even known by players playing in club cricket what a shame .
Real Muslim Dec 18, 2012 05:16am
Inzi please keep your focus on cricket and batting only, please don't try to start a Mission Class of Tableegh again else your critics will never forget you for this. I am your cricket fan!
Cricket Dec 15, 2012 09:18pm
Inzi please tell shahid to hold his bat with strong grip and play with straight bat, not bring it from point. He might listen after 16 years..
Dilawer Dec 16, 2012 12:13am
All talk. Nothing special. How can he instill hard work while he was a lazy player himself.
Karachi Wala Dec 16, 2012 01:37am
Maulana Inzimam giving tips to Moulvi Afridi, a scary picture.
imran khan Dec 16, 2012 06:56am
In the past Pakistani team also made big talks ahead of the matches and in the end turned out to be the biggest losers.Its time they need to understand that action speaks louder than words.