Indians don't have any edge: Haroon Rashid

Published: Saturday, April 3, 2004, 23:20 [IST]
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Multan:Two days after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said Indians would have an edge going into the Test series, the Pakistan team management contended that it would not be the case as Tests were a different ball game altogether.

"The One-day series was well-contested. India may have won (the One-day series) but Test series is a different ball game," Pakistan manager Haroon Rashid said.

After his team's defeat to India in the One-day series-decider on Wednesday, Inzamam had said the Indians would have an edge going in to the Tests.

Rashid, however, said his team would learn from its mistakes committed in the One-day series and try not to repeat those in the longer version of the game.

Asked whether the defeat in the One-day series would not put any additional pressure on the home team, he said, "there is bound to be pressure on both the teams. Cricket is all about pressure.

"There is pressure, especially when you play against India. The boys are mindful of that fact. But we have a different team for the Tests and the morale is high," he said.

On whether Pakistan would benefit if Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was ruled out of the first Test because of an injury, Rashid said, "obviously the Indian team will miss him. He is a good captain and gets the backing of the entire team."

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who has been included in the Test squad, said he was working on adding a few more variations to his bowling and was confident of putting up a good show against the Indians in the Test series beginning in Multan on Sunday.

"It is a good challenge to bowl against the formidable Indian batting line-up. I am looking forward to it. My main aim will be to try and take wickets," he said.

Asked whether he would perform the role of a strike bowler or concentrate on containing the batsmen, he said, "that will depend on the match situation. There may be times when I have to contain their batsmen."

"I had played well against South Africa. But the Indians have a strong batting line up and most of them are in good form. So it will be a much more difficult task."

Young batsman Asim Kamal, who has also found a place in the Test squad, said he will draw confidence from his debut innings of 99 against South Africa in Lahore if he is selected in the playing eleven.

"I had a good innings against South Africa. India have some very good spinners. I have to play as per the requirements of the team. What is important is that I have to perform." On the pitch, Rashid said, "it is still being prepared. On Saturday, we will get a better idea of the pitch. Then we will decide whether to go with more fast bowlers or spinners".

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