ISLAMABAD: Inzamam-ul-haq said that Pakistan needs to be confident against India as they have depth in the batting department but their bowling strength is a question mark.
Talking to private news channel, Legendary batsman said that the form of Indian bowlers in one-dayers and T20 matches would be a source of great concern for their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“Their bowlers are struggling to defend even decent totals and our batsmen should not be afraid to attack them from the word go,” he said.
Former captain said that Pakistan needs to select players who can absorb pressure for the match against India and should not take the defeat in warm up match on head.
He said that defeat should not bog the side down in its much-anticipated ICC World T20 2014 opener against arch-rivals India.
“I always told the players never lose your sleep over it or think too much about the match. But I just hope this defeat to South Africa does not play up on the minds of our players when they take on India,” Inzamam said.
He said that the players need to work on weak areas in the nets ahead of the match against India so that the same mistakes are not repeated again.
“Team needs to look forward for its first match against India with confidence and must have trust in their abilities,” he said. Inzamam said opener Sharjeel Khan did not merit a place in the playing XI and an out of form Shoaib Malik should have been dropped.
“No matter how big or senior a player is if he is not in form as I suspect some of our players are, he must be dropped,” he said.
To a question, he said that matches against India are all about confidence and being able to sustain the pressure. Out of form players can never be expected to keep their nerves in such a demanding match.
Inzamam, however, encouraged the Pakistan team saying, “I remember when we went for the 1992 World Cup, we lost all six of our practice matches and yet we went on to win the World Cup. But than we had an inspirational leader like Imran Khan and some world class performers in Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram. So I would say let’s not read too much
into this result against South Africa,” he said.
Inzamam, who played 120 Tests and 378 one-day internationals said it was good that the weaknesses of the Pakistan team had shown up in the warm-up match,” he said.