Team India's failure outcome of fatigue: Abbas

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Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013, 10:25 [IST]
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New Delhi, Jan 5: Former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas surprised with Pakistan's series win against India felt the hosts' failure was the outcome of fatigue as they did not perform to their potential.

Pakistan touring the nation after five years, ensured that they won the series in style with a 6 wicket win followed by a massive 85-run victory at Chennai and Kolkata respectively.

Zaheer Abbas, who is in the country for the bilateral series against India, felt the Indian cricket team looks jaded.

Team India looks tired: Zaheer Abbas

"I did not expect such wins. It was a battle of nerves and Pakistan did better to win it. On the contrary, the Indian players were tired. They have played too much cricket recently and have not performed to the potential," Abbas told PTI-Bhasha.

A veteran of 78 Tests and 62 ODIs, Zaheer Abbas also added that Pakistan cricketers were exceptional against the hosts in the ODI series.

"Nasir (Jamshed) and (Mohammed) Hafeez were particularly brilliant with the bat while bowlers like Umar (Gul), Junaid (Khan) and (Saeed) Ajmal did not let the famed Indian batting line-up open their hands," said Zaheer Abbas who was widely known as 'Asian Bradman' for his run scoring abilities.

The former Pakistan skipper had scored 5082 runs off 78 Tests and 2572 in 62 ODIs. He had scored 6 centuries including a double ton in Tests and 3 tons in the limited overs format against the arch rivals.

He was one of the most successful Pakistani batsmen against India.

Talking about the success mantra, Abbas said "Pakistani bowlers maintained an accurate line and length and none of the Indian top order batsmen could fire," which helped them restrict the hosts and win matches.

Abbas also felt that the pressure on Team India was more as they were playing at home and against Pakistan.

"Naturally there is additional pressure to perform in front of a home crowd and it tends to increase when India and Pakistan play each other. India was under pressure but we must give credit to the Pakistani team which has performed really well," he said.

Abbas also said that Dhoni's men can bounce back provided all the players work hard and perform as a team, else Pakistan could win the 3rd ODI to clean sweep the series at Delhi on Sunday.


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