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A collective effort

Inzamam will return a pleased man in more ways than one.



W. V. RAMAN

Inzamam-ul-Haq and his boys accomplished their mission of winning the one-day series with consummate ease and the wide margin underlined the difference between the two sides well and truly.

The pitch was without doubt on the slower side in the afternoon, but the inability of the Indians to chase the target with composure cannot be attributed to the deteriorating surface. The visitors raised the bar after the first two defeats in as much as the hosts kept slipping and the meek surrender at the Kotla reflected the lack of will to fight, leave along winning.

The Pakistanis once again got the better of the Indians through a collective effort. Youhana, unlike many others from the sub-continent has the ability to throw down the stumps more often than not, accounted for Dravid and Yuvraj Singh with direct hits. His super efforts put paid to whatever hopes the Indians entertained of succeeding in their chase.

John Wright, who stressed on collective effort right through his tenure, will be disappointed that his recipe for success was not put to practice. The inconsistent batting performances did not serve the team's purpose and it was too optimistic to expect the bowlers to deliver the goods on pitches that batsmen would love to carry in their kitbags.

It was strange to see the skipper urging his bowlers to improve their discipline. The fact of the matter is that the Indian batsmen could not perform collectively in that they were unable to put up partnerships. The required efficacy was not achieved despite a few centuries figuring on the scoreboard.

Moreover, the bowling combination was repeatedly changed, which indicated a thorough lack of conviction or confidence.

The heartening aspects of the one-dayers have been the emergence of Dhoni and the bowling performances of Zaheer Khan.

The main difference has been the way the two captains handled the pressure and their respective sides. Ganguly allowed his personal form, or lack of it, to affect his captaincy to the extent that he was not sure of his team's score at Ahmedabad!

Ganguly had the backing and the support from his ranks but unfortunately he was unable to keep the ship on course. On the other hand, Inzamam's job was on the block before the start of the series and it was paramount that he kept his side interested enough to compete and succeed. Inzamam will return a pleased man in more ways than one as his side has not only won the one-dayers, but a lot of cricketers have come of age on this tour. Younis Khan, his deputy, was a pillar of strength to his captain right through the series apart from being the prime motivator for the entire side. The all-round abilities of Shoaib Malik and Afridi would benefit the Pakistanis immensely in the years to come. Afridi provided some important starts in both the formats of the game and his leg-spinners were equally effective. The current Pakistani side displayed a lot of resilience and the nerve to fight under pressure and come out on top. On his part, Inzamam showed admirable composure and ensured that his emotions never stood in the way of his team's performance. He took upon himself to carry his team through and his contribution with the bat was spontaneous whenever his side desperately required them.

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