Stick to 5-bowler for­mula

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - SOURAV GAN­GULY

In­dia- Pak­istan clashes al­ways get a lot of at­ten­tion b u t con­sid­er­ing In­dia’s fu­ture in this world cup de­pends on this game, the im­por­tance of this match at­tains new heights.

Both teams have played a game in the Su­per 8s. Pak­istan were down and out till Umar Gul and Umar Ak­mal played out of their skins to get past a tal­ented South Africa. I wasn’t sur­prised by Gul’s ef­fort be­cause I have seen him do that be­fore in T20 and al­though he is a wiry fast bowler, he can pack a punch with the bat.

Pak­istan are a good T20 side and have won more games than any other team. They are also the only team to make the semi­fi­nals of all edi­tions of the T20 world cup. This doesn’t sur­prise me.

They have a good bal­ance with the bat and ball and their spin­ners are world-class.

The big­gest dif­fer­ence be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan is the qual­ity of bowl­ing. Al­though In­dia pos­sess a bet­ter bat­ting line-up, the Pak­istan at­tack is bet­ter.

In­dia had a tough game against Aus­tralia; they were out­played and that can hap­pen in T20. It was a game In­dia would want to for­get quickly. They have been in good form with wins against Afghanistan and Eng­land and quickly need to get their con­fi­dence back.

But they will have to guard against over­con­fi­dence and com­pla­cency, as they have a his­tory of be­com­ing laid­back af­ter a good win.

In­dia, on the other hand, were sim­ply out­classed by Aus­tralia. MS Dhoni and his boys will be com­ing into the Pak­istan match with tremen­dous pres­sure on them. Not only be­cause they are fac­ing Pak­istan but also be­cause this could be a knock­out game for them.

This match will be watched by more peo­ple than the fi­nal, un­less these two teams are in it.

You need to have played an In­dia-Pak­istan match to know the pres­sure this match gen­er­ates for the play­ers.

The main prob­lem for In­dia is their bowl­ing. If any team scores 175-180, In­dia have the bat­ting to chase it. But their bowl­ing does not look like it can de­fend such a tar­get.

What In­dia need is a shot of pace. A fast-bowler might get clob­bered for a few runs but if he gets two early wick­ets, it makes the spin­ners' job that much eas­ier.

Like in the Eng­land game, for in­stance, when Ir­fan Pathan struck early on and the spin­ners sub­se­quently looked un­playable.

If In­dia are to suc­ceed, they will have to strike early with the ball.

Also, I don't know much about the Viren­der Se­hwag is­sue. But if he is fit, my ad­vice to Dhoni is sim­ple - put his name first on the team list. 360 C O R P O RAT E RE­LA­TIONS

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