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Friday, February 20 2004 16:24 Hrs (IST)
Patil, who had visited Pakistan twice as a player, said, "it will be very difficult to predict the outcome of the series but I can assure you that it will be a very exciting, one".
"I have been to Pakistan in 1982 and in 1984 and I can tell you the tracks over there are much harder and the ball comes on to the bat, which will help free stroking batsmen like Sachin and Sourav to flourish," Patil said in Mumbai.
"As we all know, form is temporary but class is permanent," he added, referring to the poor scores of the two batsmen in latter part of the recent tour of Australia.
Patil first played against Pakistan as a 23-year old in the 1979-80 home series. He played in 11 Tests in all against the arch-rivals and scored 479 runs including a hundred and three half-centuries.
Speaking on the hosts' talented pace attack, Patil said the good performance against the Australian bowling should infuse positive thinking in the minds of Indian batsmen.
"After a good showing Down-Under, V V S Laxman and Rahul Dravid too will be joining the party and the Pakistan bowlers will really be tested against one of the best batting line-up in the world," Patil said.
"The batsmen played the Aussie quickies very well and I don't think they will have any problem playing Pakistan speedsters on wickets where stroke play will not be dangerous. "I think first and foremost we should stop thinking negatively."
The 47-year old, who coached minnows Kenya at the 2003 World Cup before taking over the reins of India 'A', put a positive spin on India's depleted bowling strength, saying Harbhajan Singh's absence due to injury and Anil Kumble being a doubtful starter gave the opportunity for fringe players to cement their places in the team.
"This scenario will give other younger bowlers to establish themselves which very good in the long runs as injuries are part and parcel of a sportsman's career," hesaid.
Patil's response was blunt when asked to comment on skipper Sourav Ganguly's recent statement that India could beat Pakistan if the team performed even at 60 per cent of the level they played on the Australian tour.
"It is easy to talk but performing is difficult," he said. "I have not heard much about their youngsters but we all know that they have good bowling attack
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