We want to beat the ~~best~~ Pakistan team: Anil Kumble

Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble said today that exerting pressure on Pakistan early on their upcoming tour would be key to winning the series by India, and Sourav Ganguly's team is keen to beat the archrivals' best team.

Kumble said India can take heart from the fact that Pakistan struggled during the Australian tour and also India had beaten them when they toured Pakistan last.

"It's going to be a tough series although you can take the fact that Pakistan has struggled in Australia. That's a plus point for us," India's highest wicket-taker told reporters after inaugurating a picture exhibition on tsunami devastation by Deccan Herald's Joseph Hoover.

"If we can keep the pressure early on, I think that's the key. We have played well against them when we went to Pakistan. So, I think we will take that confidence forward".

On the possible absence of "Rawalpindi Express" Shoaib Akhtar for the tour of India, Kumble said the home team would like to play the best side that Pakistan can put out on the field.

"Even we would like to play the best side. We would like to beat the best side," he said. "But if somebody is injured there is not much you can do about it."

Kumble sought to downplay India's poor record against Pakistan in recent One-dayers, and emphasised on India's test series win in Pakistan.

He noted that the one-day series is scheduled after the Test series, which is the key. "If we can win the Test series, we can take that confidence into one-dayers. I don't think we need to look at one-day loss and consider that they (Pakistan) have an upper hand in the Test series."

Noting that there are a couple of domestic tournaments before the series against Pakistan, Kumble said, "We are looking forward to that." He confirmed his participation in the coming Duleep Trophy Championship.

Speaking on the tsunami disaster, Kumble said he and his family were lucky to escape. "I was pretty close to....we were lucky probably...our family," he said.

The Cricketer recalled that they had checked out of hotel on the Chennai coast around 9.30 am, a few minutes before the killer tidal waves struck.

"It (Tsunami) is something nobody had seen in their life-time. You have never heard of tidal waves. When we came back home around 1 pm, we watched the devastation on TV."

Seventy pictures taken by Hoover when he was among the Tsunami-displaced fisher-folk in South Eastern coastline for five days, are being exhibited at Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore.

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