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Pakistan must play aggressively against India - Inzamam

Umar Farooq

December 15, 2012

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New batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq guides Pakistan team members in a training camp, Lahore, December 15, 2012
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Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's former captain and newly-appointed batting consultant, has advised his batsmen to be 'aggressive' against India. The team that handles pressure better, he said, could control how the matches go in the upcoming limited-overs series'.

Pakistan are preparing for the India series with a conditioning camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, and Inzamam will spend the week with the batsmen to assist them. Since his retirement in 2007, Inzamam had not been associated with Pakistan cricket in any form, running a business instead; this is the first in five years that he has taken up a role with the team.

"My job will be to pass on my playing experience to the players, rather than working on batsmen's techniques," Inzamam told reporters at the end of the day's training. "I will be discussing with them how to chase, how to set a target and what's required while batting."

Pakistan will kick-off their tour of India with a two-match T20 series, followed by three ODIs. Inzamam, who led Pakistan in 22 ODIs against India and has a win-loss ratio of 12-10, said Pakistan have plenty of matchwinners in the squad but they need 'collective' effort.

"Pakistan have a lot of players who could individually win matches for us, it's a good sign,'' he said. "But cricket is a team game, we lack in collective effort from the batsmen. Our bowling is very strong and we have to have confidence in ourselves. We have to make up our minds that we can win.

"Playing in Indian conditions isn't different; we have been winning [there] and can win again. It's only about pressure and how to handle it. What we need is to play aggressively and whoever copes with it [pressure] well, will play better."

Pakistan have played 16 completed ODIs in 2012, losing four out of eight while chasing and failing to defend their target on six instances out of eight. Batting first this year, they have crossed the 200-run mark seven times, winning only twice. When chasing a target of more than 200, they have won only on one occasion out of five.

"It's not a new problem, it's been going on for a long time now," Inzamam said of their batting issues, citing the lack of quality cricket in Pakistan, which has been a no-go zone for major international cricket teams. "For the last two years we have not played a lot of cricket and the batsmen are lacking in temperament due to T20 cricket.

"Flaws in our players are down to us not playing on a regular basis. If we start playing 10-12 Test matches every year, you will obviously see an improvement in our batting. As more we play cricket, the more players will learn from it."

Inzamam said it will be important for the players to put aside distractions in India and focus on the cricket: "Against India, one should be focused on the game instead of other activities. We have to focus on our game and don't worry about what others are doing. If we keep focus on ourselves, we will perform better.

"India will play with passion, so must Pakistan. I think the way this Pakistan team lines-up, we can put pressure on India. But they're a big team too and could make a comeback [after faltering in the Test series against England], so we have to focus ourselves."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Htc-Android on (December 19, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@just_chill_chill. haha look who is talking about preparing doctored pitches. Didnt dhoni ask for Rank turners during the series against England. Whereas we gave seamer friendly wickets to england and New zealand at P.sara studium. Can you tell me when did ur team prepared seamer friendly wicket at home. I bet that will never ever happen in history. And how does Over appealing Influences Umpiring decisions? This makes no sense to me. I hope for reply from you.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (December 18, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

@Sinhaya We saw how "sporty" the little Lankans were during the recent T20 world cup. The stadiums were empty when SL were not playing, and boy those little lankans know how to be one sided and partisan. Pretty shameful. Stop lecturing others. And less said about the sportsmanship of SL players, the better it is. In T20 world cup finals, Mahela managed to get a crumbling pitch to pack his side with "mystery" spinners - how he and SL managed to CHOKE the finals is another matter.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (December 18, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

@Sinhaya Yes the world should learn sportsmanship from Sri Lankans indeed. Randiv can teach everyone how to bowl no balls on purpose, Sangakkara can teach how to over-appeal and influence umpires, and Mahela can teach how to prepare doctored pictches to try and win games. Well done indeed.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 18, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

@Harmony111, I adore Pakistan big time and no Pakistani will deny the fact that Sri Lanka has won 6 test matches in Pakistan except an abnormal character like you. We Sri Lankans as a team will probably be the first team to visit Pakistan so that they will get international cricket in their shores, which they deserve. Sanath Jayasuriya too advocated for it and that was why he lead the world XI team to Pakistan. Hopefully in Dec 2013 as per the ICC FTP we will tour Pakistan to play cricket as the fans badly need to witness international cricket. Stop trying to lure Pakistani fans in a false sense as they are smart enough to know that it was India who was never interested in playing cricket with Pakistan since 1989 to 2004 when Pakistan wanted to play. India were also meant to host Pakistan in March 2012 and that too did not happen and a smart man can figure out why!

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 18, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@Harmony111, Indians are the worse sporty of all who live in the deluded world. Whole world knows the master of excuses and it is the infamous M S Dhoni. We dont give excuses ever. Inzamam Ul Haq was the greatest Pakistani batsman and his achievements are outstanding. We saw the sportsmanship of M S Dhoni and Kohli in arguing with the umpire in the Nagpur test when Trott was correctly given not out. Dont give us lectures on sportsmanship as you are never qualified for that!

Posted by afaqmalik1 on (December 18, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Indian Team is basically a crowed of aggressive batsmen and this is what is giving them full advantage. Pakistan is surely missing the voltage in its pace battery but nothing can be said as the final words. This would surely have been great if there were a couple of bowlers like Mohammad Amir who could make the ball dancing on the pitch towards a batsman. Wahab Riaz can be handy but he has not be a bigger turner. Junaid is not very effective in my stats. I don't know if Anwar Ali could do something like he did in the under 19 worldcup 2006.If the current set of quicks could do something extraordinary, this can also be expected as it is the India-Pakistan Game. This is typical and totally unpredictable situation.

Posted by fayazsha on (December 17, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Pakistan playing 11 in onday in order to Hafeez jamshed malik yunis/ haris sohail umar akmal misbha kamran ajmal junaid wahab umar gul

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 17, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

@ Sinhaya: Would be better if you could counter what Bruisers said using some facts and statistics instead of running away and trying to take the other Pak fans with you. Btw, unlike the SL fans like you, most of the Pakistani fans are a lot more sporting and they do appreciate Ind players and don't just show their jealousy by saying stupid things. There will always be some black sheeps but I reckon more than 90% of Pak fans know the pressure of Ind-Pak cricket and so they know it when they see a player doing well in these matches. They may hate or grudge an Ind player if he does well vs them but they will still admire his performance. This is so unlike the SL fans who crib ALL THE TIME and just can't say well played to the other side and will make all sort of excuses.

@ALL PAK FANS: Let's hope the coming series gives us some close exciting matches of high quality and memorable performances like Anwar's 194 of 97 and Sachin's 97 of WC 03. Let's be sporting here. :-)

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 17, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Guys please don't pay much attention to what KiwiRocker says. He is an old rabbit here who often comes in, makes some ludicrous comments and almost always mentions Sachin to vent his frustration. KiiwiRocker never replies to the rebuttals and that is clearly because he lacks the ability to counter the arguments. He is merely full of a whole lot of rubbish and has often said that it was Sachin who used his clout in the early 90s to prevent Ind-Pak cricket cos he was afraid of facing the Pakistani fast bowlers !!! After hearing this, do you guys really think he is worth responding? He is funnier than the likes of SirFreddieFlintoff and OhhMattyMatty and Sinhaya, a thousand times to the power a thousand times. Inzy becomes a match winner cos he scored 10 hundreds and Pak won in 7. Ha Ha, I guess only 1 of them was vs a good team but then he can imagine all he wants about Inzy - give that man some peace for his hallucinations.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

@All Pakistani fans. Ignore this fellow called "Bruisers". He cant appreciate a great batsman like Inzamam Ul Haq. I really miss him indeed. I will never forget his blitz in the 1992 world cup semi finals. "Bruisers" is totally bruised after India getting drubbed by England and Australia and world over.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

I think all Pakistan have to do is show up and they will win. This India team is ready to play dead, one-day record notwithstanding.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Since the team is new, I have high hopes from them. though I was never in a favour of Younis in ODI but he has a very good odi record against them. Since Asad is injured. Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamsheed & other youngsters have to bat really well as Indian batting line up is very strong.. I think Wahab Riaz should play instead of Gull because Gull didn't prove himself in India, I'd have Junaid instead of Cheema but Junaid need to increase his pace. 2 spinners should have been added & they are Ajmal & Rehman these 4 bowlers along with hafeez can do much better,, but the team has to be mentally strong in order to win the Odi series. In 2to's I think gul should play. IMHO Umar Akmal looks very talented even more than Kohli but he looses his temperament, he has to be mature. May the best team win

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

KIWIROCKER...my friend...ood to see you again!! i remember u from 2011 world cup period...u said indian team is worst,cant even win against ireland...we finally won the world cup.you made insulting remarks when SRT was out of the form and he performed okay in that world cup. plz plz plz make some more such comments,we want SRT and india to be in form.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 17, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

People who think inzi didn't score many centuries should look at his fifties and consider the number he use to bat on. than look at avg and runs he scored. and his match winning abilities. I think the people who are commenting against him hasn't seen him playing much. He was among very best like Lara, Ponting and Kallis. But i personally thnik he is an under achiever considering his talent and ablities.

Posted by PadMarley on (December 17, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

I think Pakistan has a structured coach... what they need is someone to add some inspiration.... When there is inspiration Pakistan is the best side in the world... India is struggling against Monty and Swann ... I just cant wait to see how they do against Pakistan spin...

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 17, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Great inzi iz probably the best batsman from asia,for the last 2 decades 2nd only to srt statisticaly N iz even biger match winer than Srt,dravid or laxman,case closed.

Posted by terrifyingwarriors on (December 17, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

I think Pakistan will win this series! I hate to say this as an Indian, but Indian will most likely loose. I really hope Indian put up some fitting performance though.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (December 16, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

@getsetgopk - dear you are starting to sound even more immature as time goes on. are you ageing backwards, by any chance? inzamam was just a steady accumulator at best, just like zaheer ababs, miandad etc and not a match winner by any stretch of imagination. no comparison whatsoever with tendulkar. go and counthow many man of the match awards sachin has. i don't think you even know how to count, but still....

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 16, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Those flat roads are under construction for this series. We all know that, indians are experts in preparing those flat roads and not to mention about their batsman. Their batsman use these roads to boost their batting averages.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 16, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Kiwirocker u shud be proud of what u r dude don't hide your identity.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 16, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Great inzi iz probably the best batsman from asia,for the last 2 decades 2nd only to srt statisticaly N iz even biger match winer than Srt,dravid or laxman,case closed.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

A poor choice, he was a good batsman but a dumb captain (leader), the disastrous time of Pakistan cricket had begun in his time. There are better options like Basit Ali and Zaheer Abbas.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 16, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

@Hasnain Butt - Yeah? 71% of Sachin's ODI hundreds have come in Indian victories which is better than Inzamam's 70%.. If Sachin is selfish, then Mr.Inzi is even more so. Hey wait, why am I even comparing a legend with an ordinary batsman with big mouth and limited cricketing skills? Sachin is great as a batsman and as a human too unlike others.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

I am English and I grew up watching Inzi and first learning about him during the 92 world cup. He deeply impressed me and at that time I knew he would become one of the world's greatest batsmen.His batting is something that a god would be jealous of. He was a brilliant player of fast bowling and if I recall scored hundreds agains the likes of walsh and ambrose when they were at their collective best.He handled pressure well and if I recall has one of the best averages in a crisis or when his team needed it most. As someone else said earlier, Inzi belongs to a different age when runs were harder to come by and bowling was totally brilliant. Nowadays cricket is much easier with lower quality bowlers and flatter tracks. Pakistan will do well to listen to Inzamam.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (December 16, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

In my knowledge Inzamam was good player.He was good result will be provided.Inzamam was good player they wark hopefully very will.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

That is what happens when you have non-qualified coach - they dont take responsibility but just offer advices and no accountability. While, as a batsman and player, there is no question about his abilities and service for country, but as a coach or mentor it is a disaster. During his career, no batsmen flourished rather it was the sense if fear amongst batsmen to retain their position in the team. Even in the article above, there is nothing new just generic/random thoughts I will be surprised if the performance of Paki batsmen improve on this series or any series under the consultancy of Inzimam

Posted by aaaa2aa on (December 16, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

@bruiser you are talking if you are battered and bruised 92 wc this guy single handedly took care of the then unbeaten kiwi in their own backyard and then in final trotted the"sir ian botham"all over the ball park i have seen how he man handled some of the great bowlers of his time any team be very fortunate having the big inzi in their batting line

Posted by cyberstudent on (December 16, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

highly over rated umer akmal will score in only one match and then throw his wicket in all other and they dropped Razzaq due to conflicts with Hafeez which they will suffer.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 16, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@KiwiRocker- Well said mate, Inzi was the real hero of 92 WC semi final, his towering six on the off side in that match is as iconic as the one Miandad handed to India in sharjah back in the day. Boy he could pull the likes of Ambrose and Walsh for six without even breaking a sweat. He was strong and tall could literally take the skin off the ball in just a few shots. Inzi is my favorite batsman along with Saeed Anwar and Lara. He was a true match winner unlike that imposter aka tendulya LOL

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@Bruisers......ah han.....the sachin snake has heaps of hundreds and can u tell me how many are on the winning side............ sachin is a selfish player who plays for his records.........look at his performance from the last 2 years...pathetic

Posted by Hobbart on (December 16, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

@Bruisers : I am an Indian fan and would you rather believe me if I said that the best Pak batsmen to have played against and tortured India have been Inzamam and Anwar??? Let it go man, don't be so statistical, we all know Inzamam has lots to give to this young team. @Adnan : Virat is a kiddo, don't compare him to Inzy man !

Posted by marlboro19 on (December 16, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Can we stop "whining fans/comments" remarks please? There will always be people in any country who would whine, and whining against whiners do not make your comment particularly attractive to read. ( admittedly , it makes me a whiner for whining against whining , but it's really boring to see those remarks)

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

@KiwiRocker : Who are you fooling mate ? We all know you are pakistani , be proud of what you are and embrace it.

Posted by justshmad on (December 16, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

All kids, who count his centuries, should remember that inzamam belongs to an era when scoring centuries was a real task.No powerplays, Great bowlers like Mcgrath,Warne, Vaas, Murali, Srinath,Shaun Pollock,Bond and many others were playing. Inzi always batted at number 4 or 5. So dont try to fool urself by underrating him. dont worry inzi supporters coz haters gonna hate.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

@Nabeel: Im not sure what cricket you watched, but Inzi was an expert in pressure situation.His physical limitations aside, he was mentally very strong, that is why he was at the crucial 4 or 5 spot. He usually came in under difficult situations and paced his innings beautifully,somethign our younger batsmen lack.Just look at Umar Akmal, loads of talent but no temprament.He often comes and tries to smash it first ball..Inzi would grind his way to 20-30, then slowly pick up and finished big,he always had a game plan and he was never phased by any situation, he dictated the circumstances, was never really dictated, and that is what batting is all about.I miss him the most when i see our poor batting line up these days, him Moyo,and younis were an amazing middle order, maybe one of the best Pakistan ever had.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

People esp. raised on T20 dont understand cricket well.Comparing Inzamam to this player or that player is useless...He is from a different era, before T20 took off.Inzi usually came 4 or 5 down, at a time when saeed anwar and amir sohail were playing, then with younis at 3. Our batting was alot more steady.The requirements of the game were alot different, teams werent scoring runs quickly enough as they are not, the powerplay were the mandatory 15 overs instead of being broken up.Needless to say, he usually came in two situations:1. when pakistan had lost quick wickets and he had to work to rebuild and mostly with the tail OR 2. the top order had done well and he came towards the end he only had a few overs to score quick runs. PEOPLE NIAVELY looked at his CENTURIES column,I think they ignored the 50s stats...I believe had the HIGHEST number of 50s for a LONG TIME. That tells you that he USUALLY mattered,So dont compare him to the modern batters.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

the person himself dnt know how to run between the wicket is going to teach running between wicket to batsman!!!!!!!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Rexton87..anchored innings ..hahaha..hahaha....on htat ancoring innings most of time either saeed anwar or poor aamri sohail is run out !!!

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (December 16, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

@GreenDeviln: Is this joke of the day OR you've already made up your mind to write off india? I bet more than 1.2 billion people are keen & waiting to see this short series. Caio....

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 16, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Izamam, Ponting, Lara have been the match winners in the recent past as the Kallis, Amal, Clarke and Cook now. That is an undisputed facts . I hope this ODI series will be entertaining between IND vs PAK. The things are pretty dismal for couple years with IND cricket, which is mired with defeats, whitewashes, humiliation, doctored pitches, worst umpiring, sledging etc. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

i liked inzi attitude but inzi was slogger as he only have 10 century in 390 odis, kohli have 13 in 90 matches, even indian slogger sehwag have more than 20 centuries with 2nd double hundred in world cricket(odi), recently, indians have dominated pak in every form of cricket with 100% record in world cups, so i see little hope for pak to come here and win something, their batters score at snail pace whereas even ashwin have more average than 80% of pak batsmen.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Undoubtedly, Inzi bhai was the best batsmen pakistan has ever produced till now.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Inzamam was the best batsmen pakistan has ever produced..

Posted by Rexton87 on (December 16, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

@Bruisers , Inzamam scored 25 test centuries and 18 of them were in a winning cause. Besides he played numerous anchored innings in ODIs to take Pakistan to victory.

Posted by Tamimfan on (December 16, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

@Naeem578.. pakistan have won only 7 matches when inzamam has scored hundred (10 hundred).. so the % is 70. inzamam has played almost 400 odi but still has only 10 hundreds... compare him with our neighbour's upcoming batsman "virat kohli" - 13 hundreds in just 90 odi and india have won 12 out of the 13 matches. this is what you call a real MATCHWINNER cheers :-)

Posted by dmqi on (December 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

I hope he does not try to teach Younus Khan how to bat or improve. Do not forget his role to persuade players not to play under Younus Khan. Everyone has a black side, but Inzi was an excellent player who can help the youngsters. Internal conflict is the major reason for Pak failures. India can win with their average bowlers and their superior batsmen.

Posted by Rexton87 on (December 16, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

So much I wish Pakistan to win or at least loose in a close fight but I am not pinning any hopes on this team just yet. The main problem as usaul is Akmals whose passion far exceed their talent and usually falters midway. Untill pakistan has solid batsmen who are capable of controlled aggression when required and tailenders who can finish a game with useful 20 ,25 I will keep praying.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 16, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

@Naeem578 @KiwiRocker - "Almost 90% of his hundreds are match winning" Haha. The big man hardly ever scored centuries LOL.. He has only 10 centuries in 378 ODI games!!! And guess what? Four of them came against SL (when they were new to cricket in the early 90s), four against India (not a single hundred in India :P), one each against Zim and NZ... LOL... Pak have won only 7 times out of those 10 matches, so the win percent is 70% and not 90.. A 'true match-winner' eh? You got it right :P :D

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

pakistan needs yousaf or Inzi like talent to beat India in India.Selectors of pakistan are making horrible mistakes by selecting people like Imran Farhat,Umar Gul,Afridi again and again.young talent like umer amin,muhammad irfan,anwer ali were contantly neglected in past.now they seleccted to carry drinks for team on field not to play.I know selectors know this better than me.'' My prayers are with pakistan but unfortunately PRAYERS CAN'T WIN WITHOUT PLAYERS, AND THEY MUSN ' T.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

it's good to see inzi as a batting consultant, now there should be no language diffrence..!!! inzi was one of of the legend of pakistan cricket team, his experiance can be helpful for the team players..!

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Adding Inzi to the lineup will be not a good help ... he was never a good orator and was never able to pass on his experience and technique while he was playing ... Is he getting paid for sharing his experiences and telling everyone that they should play aggressively and handle pressure better???? I could have done that ... what a JOKE ...

Posted by Naeem578 on (December 16, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

@KiwiRocker:Thanks for your lovely words n you are right Inzi was the best batsman to play in pressure cooker situations. Almost 90% of his hundreds are match winning not like some "statistic champs" :-)

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 16, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

hope we see close fight but expecting india to win all matches , pak have too little batting talent and umar gul have been a hitting bunny for indian batsmen, lets see if india remain flat track bullies against pak , inshallah

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

I think that is the only tempo survive Pakistan in big time. It is the great time for our young guns to show the world with their talent. I think Juniors play their natural game and seniors just helping them and with that process Pakistan surprise India in their own home grounds.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

@stark aha you should know strike rate of clark warner and hussy recently in uae against pak.yes pak batter play really slow butt they know they have a bowling who can defend it.hope pal batter stood up and say no its our job to set a good target for our bowling.anyway thier bowler doing a good job for them so no worry yet.

Posted by ak_dragon on (December 16, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Aggression Brings Confidence in Team....Good Stuff bY Inzi...!

Posted by soumyas on (December 16, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

BRING IT ON...lets have some gr8 crikcet, i want to get thrilled by an intense match. - from india

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (December 16, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

A coo clam Legend words special for Pak Bys...........................Great Inzi

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (December 16, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Thats sensible.Evn this pakbowling attack which i believe best in the world cant trouble india in one days and twenty-20s.But it will be a match for our bowlers. If it was a test match series i would have sure about 4-0 if Ajmal was there.I dont beieve they can win in India for one days but definitely with Indian bowlers termed as "worst in the world" anything can happen.Also i forgot one match loss of form by all our batsmen.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Great man as ever. I hope his experenice will help Pakistan to dfeat India in India

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Wise words of the legend !!

Posted by mainul079080 on (December 16, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Pakistan never played 10-12 tests/year even in Inji time.Otherwise Wasim and Waqar would have 500+ wickets in tests each and Inji would have 10000+ runs.PCB never arranged a 5 math test series except 1992 series in England.Thats why Pak players are always lagging behind in temperament than Australians, SAFans. PCB is the most lazy, deaf & dumb board in the world and Pak fans also should take the responsibility for not pushing these lazy brainless people.I dont tell that our BCB is a good cricket board but certainly they are better than PCB. Thats why BD cricket is moving forward. Pak selector Qasim told in an interview recently in Pakpassion.net that selectors cant find fast bowling talents in Pak now! Thats true. Bowlers like Umar Gul, Cheema,Sami never could get chance in even the A team of Pak in 90's i think.I remember 2 bowlers-one named something Vatti & and another Kabir khan of Pak A team that visied BD in 90's.OMG!They were fast awesome accurate, far better than than Gul.Alas!

Posted by Krasheed on (December 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Great Tips from Master......Go greens

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

A Great batsman who won the match under pressure... Inzi Bhai

Posted by Moinahmed777 on (December 16, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Well done, inzi, this is the correct approach

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Victory has been long due, players needs to prove them selves without any pressure. Nation (Pak) expects team to win this time to ensure cricket continues in the country. Team needs to demonstrate and execute positive attitude in order to continue further...

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Inzi with world of Experience, he should travel with Pak team

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 16, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Inzi you are a champ man. I hope Umar Akmal can learn something from him. Pakistan is not bad in all fields of game.. its just matter of selecting correct playing eleven..

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

controlled aggression and tactfull bowling can win it for Pak

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Aggression but controlled aggression is need of hour dont loose patience also and play natural

Posted by EngineerKhan on (December 16, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

That's exactly what I wanna hear and see in the series. Firstly hearing Inzamam after long time is a real felicity and adding to it the exact mantra to success in India he has discussed here. If you remember in Asia Cup, Pakistan's both openers scored tons but due to lacking the aggressiveness required later on, Pakistan still ended up losing. Inzamam is spot on

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 16, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

It is great to see Inzemam Ul Haq being involved with Pakistani batsmen. This man was such an under rated legend. He scored 25 centuries and 15 of them resulted in victories for Pakistan. His superb innings against India in Mohali was amazing! People in my country (NZ) still talk about how Inzemam snatched world cup from NZ in 1992. Cricket like any other sport is all about winning and that is why players like Inzemam, Ponting, Lara and Kallis are way above likes of Tendulya who along with Sehwag and co has won less than half for India as compared to what Inzemam won for Pakistan!...

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 16, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan who adores Pakistan, I cant see much home in Umar Akmal in tests. He lacks the ability to last. Nasir Jamshed is the best find for Pakistan so far in batting. Disappointed that Hamad Azam is dropped. With all rounders of the type of Azam, Pakistan can add more depth into their batting. With Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq looking well set, if Usman Salahuddin and Babar Azam too can be drafted in, Pakistan can have a formidable batting lineup hopefully by 2015 and good luck always. Good luck to Pakistan for their tour of India and South Africa too. South Africa will give a guide to where Pakistani batting really stands.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (December 16, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Yes, Handling pressure is the big issue in India. Pakies should keep their head cool. But this cool does not mean like Misbah-ul-Haque did last semi-final, it was full cool. Their head should be cool enough but the bat should fire enough in the same time. I can recall it - The Inzi who was cool and in the same time hit the ball nicely. We need few Inzies to beat India in India. It is NOT easy task.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 16, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

great advise by great batsman of his time. thanks inzi for giving tips to pakistani players because it's all about pressure against india nothing else. we can win if we handle pressure well. go ahead team green show the world that we can beat india in india. thanks inzi.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 16, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Some good words of wisdom from Inzi. Yes, Pakistan must NEVER underestimate India especially in ODI and T20 cricket. India is still a supreme team in limited overs cricket and that too when playing at home. That does not mean Pakistan cannot win. It will come down to , as Inzi pointed out, character and ability to handle pressure. When India plays Pakistan, it's anything but casual. It's a combination of patriotism, nationalism, history, culture, and traditions. It's the mother of all rivalry and something which people in both countries are looking forward to. I hope to see some good cricket. As an Indian fan, I hope Inda wins the series but would be equally pleased to see a good show put up by Pakistan.

Posted by Attractivue on (December 16, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

Why am I not looking forward for this series? It should be either Tests or T20s, ODIs have no place left now!

Posted by kc69 on (December 15, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

"My job will be to pass on my playing experience to the players, rather than working on batsmen's techniques,"-Are you kidding me,then Inzaman's job title shoudl be Storyteller rather than batting consultant.

Posted by kc69 on (December 15, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

After the drubbing in tests against England i believe India is going to hit back in this series

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

India should win this as long as they field a lot of their youth because a lot of them have great talent unlike Pakistan who are still fielding the same old players but even then still don't work against the Indian team but neither is good against the England or Australian team. I think the difference between the 2 sides lies in the fielding as the Indians are much quicker than the Pakistanis.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Key of success in india is to hold nerve and let the opposition panic, dnt play in rush of blood. If pakistanis keep their nerve in control then they are best in series otherwise they become worst all of sudden. India has lower grade bowlers but against pakistan they r organised and well kept in line in recent past, they didnt tried too much n pakistanis panic suddenly. Just be positive and play ball to ball and be confident.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Exactly my point! Why play defensively when one can attack and put all sorts of pressure on the opposition? Both Misbah and Hafeez have a defensive mindset, as proved by the recent interview to BKBH on Geo Super, where both were invited, and this is really a negative sign for us as a team. Hope things change

Posted by Stark62 on (December 15, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

"Pakistan must play aggressively"!! LOL

Let's see the strike rates of the top 5 batsmen: Nasir-94.82 (Very good), Hafeez- 68.15, Azhar- 67.95, Younis-75.61 and not to forget, Mr. Tuk Tuk with 74.15.

Except for Jamshed, the top 5 batsmen have a shambolic strike rate considering the modern game has evolved and strike rates are 85+ for the modern ODI player.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

inzi has beaten india once . when everybody thought we cant do much . same z d scenario once again.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

I cannot wait for Pakistan to come to India. Cricket deserves more India-Pakistan contests.

Welcome, arch rivals! :)

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (December 15, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

inza your guidance is very vital for our youngsters !

Posted by GreenDeviln on (December 15, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

In India no one cares about the Pak sereis.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Inzi a legend!, hes right they must be aggressive and take the attack to the indian bowlers who are the weak link to the indian side

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Will you also teach them how to run between the wickets

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

inzi has beaten india once . when everybody thought we cant do much . same z d scenario once again.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Inzi is a good choice and probably a batting coach / consultant alot of Pakistan supporters and cricketing fans would love to support. Time to hand down experience to youth!

Posted by BDforever on (December 15, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Pakistan has a good chance to thrash flat track bullies this time

Posted by Pak_alldway on (December 15, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Well said by legend!its going to b a tough test for the both's sides young players

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