Indo-Pak series will be absorbing: Kapil

Published: Friday, January 30, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev on Friday felt that the coming Indo-Pak cricket series would see a close contest and hoped that Sourav Ganguly's boys would be able to continue their magical form Down Under in theneighbouring nation.

''India's overall performance in Australia has been good. So, I feel they'll definitely play well in Pakistan. I think the coming series will be highly absorbing,'' Kapil Dev, who led India to the World Cup triumph in 1983, said.

After a 14-year hiatus, India are scheduled to undertake a historic trip to Pakistan from early March to April to play three Tests and five One-dayers.

Kapil also refused to buy former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan's theory that Indian batsmen would struggle against the Pakistan quick bowlers.

''This is his personal view. I can also say that the Pakistan bowlers will struggle against the Indian willowers who have struck such awesome form,'' he said.

Asked to comment on the proposal that the winners of the India-Pakistan battles be give the Kapil-Imran trophy, the country's highest wicket taker in Tests said it was a matter to be decided on by the two cricket Boards.

To another query on whether India discard Ajay Jadeja, who has returned to cricketing action from a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)-slapped ban after a favourable court judgement, stood a chance to get anational side recall, Kapil said ''First he has to perform... get some runs''.

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