Islamabad: Without Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh on the side, India will struggle against ace Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, believes Pakistan left arm pacer Sohail Tanvir.
“India will be without Sachin and Yuvraj while most of the others are recuperating from the losses against Zimbabwe. In such a scenario, it would not be easy dealing with Akhtar"s pace and variety," The Daily Times quoted Tanvir, as telling a sports website.
Tendulkar opted out of the Asia Cup to spend time with his family while Yuvraj was axed from the team following a string of poor performances in the recent past.
Describing Akhtar as a 'fighter", Tanvir played down past controversies surrounding the Rawalpindi Express, and said he expects the fast bowler to be a changed man.
“Look, whatever has happened in the past is history. I am sure you will get to see a different Akhtar in the Asia Cup. No matter how big a star any player is, comebacks are the same for all. Akhtar is a fighter," he said.