"I think his absence from the last two One-dayers was good for us. It made a difference to us," Inzamam was quoted as saying in local daily The News today (April 26, 2005).
The Indian captain, who was banned for six One-day Internationals after the fourth match in Ahmedabad for the team's slow overrate, was not included in the squad for the last two ties at Kanpur and Delhi despite being cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC), pending his appeal against the ban.
The Indian selectors did not call up Ganguly for the Kanpur match saying there was little time to change the combination and then ignored him for the decider in Delhi, making it obvious they were not happy with his batting form.
Pakistan went on to win the two matches with ease to clinch the six-match series 4-2.