Pakistan’s permanent pace attack got the better of India’s mixing and matching
After ending their Twenty20 series against India as a 1-1 draw before defeating them 2-1 in the ODI series, Pakistan pace bowler Sohail Tanvir announced that his team were able to win due to the fact that they had a permanent pace attack, unlike the Indians, who have constantly been mixing and matching to find the perfect match as of late.
“Pakistan has an edge over India in fast bowling as India lack good quality fast bowlers,” Tanvir said. “Indian pacers are busy cementing their place in the team and they lack in confidence. India does not have permanent pace attack.”
Tanvir praised spinners Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez for their outstanding job throughout the series, but he also expressed his frustrations at the fact that the quick bowlers in the Pakistan team continuously go unnoticed.
“With the arrival of Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez in Pakistan team and playing together in matches after matches, the performances of fast bowlers goes unnoticed,” Tanvir added.
Tanvir believes his previous experiences in India helped him pick up plenty of wickets during the limited overs tour since he had become accustomed to the conditions.
“I have played in India and performed really well,” Tanvir said. “I cherish 2007 series in India where I bowled well and got many wickets in Tests and ODIs. My performance also was good in the IPL. I get inspired by these performances which helps me in giving my best.”
The pace bowler further noted that many members of the Pakistan team had become “stars” after their stellar performance against India.
Tanvir’s pace partner Umar Gul revealed that the Pakistan side had watched a lot of tape on all the Indian batsmen before travelling to the country, which helped them develop strategies and pinpoint the weaknesses of each batsman.
When asked if India were a weaker ODI side without Sachin Tendulkar, Gul said: “It does not matter whether Sachin is playing or not because the India team is formidable without [their] star batsman.”