Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- ~~Fast bowlers key to India~~s success in Pak~~

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former paceman Javagal Srinath said the success of the Indian team in Pakistan would rest entirely on the country's inexperienced fast bowlers.

"Our batting line up is better than Pakistan's," Srinath told reporters in this southern metropolis. "Of course our bowlers are inexperienced compared to the Pakistanis.

"If Zaheer (Khan), Irfan (Pathan), Ashish (Nehra) can hit the line a little early in the series we can put it across," he said on Thursday. India began their first full tour of Pakistan in almost 15 years with a warm-up match on Thursday.

They are due to play the first of five One-day Internationals in the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday. The One-dayers will be followed by a three-match Test series.

Expectations are high as India reached the World Cup final in South Africa an year ago and held formidable Australia to a 1-1 draw in a four-Test series Down Under earlier this year.

Srinath, who retired last year after taking 236 Test wickets and 315 in One-day Internationals, said leg-spinner Anil Kumble's shoulder injury had worsened during the Australian tour.

"He bowled quite a lot in Australia. That is the reason why he stayed back. I think he is raring to go for the Tests," Srinath said about Kumble, who is not part of the One-day team but is likely to make it for the Tests.

With the exception of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, no other cricketer in the current team has played Tests in Pakistan. Apart from Tendulkar, captain Sourav Ganguly and vice-captain Rahul Dravid are the only ones to have toured Pakistan for a short three-match One-day series in 1997.

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