Under-pressure Indians will be more aggressive
A cold wave is blowing across the sub-continent, but Dhoni and company are surely feeling the heat. After their loss in the first T20 of the series, it is clear that India will not win this series also. Inzamam Ul-Haq reports.india Updated: Dec 28, 2012 00:15 IST
A cold wave is blowing across the sub-continent, but Dhoni and company are surely feeling the heat. After their loss in the first T20 of the series, it is clear that India will not win this series also. But I personally believe India will go all out to win the match at Ahmedabad to salvage their reputation on home soil and ensure that they don't lose the series.
India will be more aggressive of the two teams as everything is at stake for the hosts.
There will certainly be a few changes in the Indian playing eleven. They might keep aside Jadeja and Rohit Sharma to bring in Ashwin and Chawla. With Yuvraj delivering very well as the left-arm spinner, off-spinner Ashwin and leggie Chawla will add all the three varieties of spin to Dhoni's armoury.
Dhoni strangely brought Kohli into the attack in the first match, at a time when he should have been attacking more and I believe, he must have felt the absence of bowling variety at that time. Dhoni should have definitely got in Jadeja at that time, and if the captain doesn't have confidence on the only regular spinner available at that time, then he shouldn't be in the side for the next game.
Looking at India's team composition in the first game, one could make out that Dhoni had it fixed in his mind that he will win the toss, bowl first and then chase the total down with a long batting line-up.
But one has to remember that even if you have 11 batsmen in the side, you still won't score 250 runs in T20 either batting first or chasing. It's important to have balance in your line-up and India surely will be looking for that in the second game.
Pakistan, from here on, have to take the lead. This is the first time Pakistan beat India in a T20 game and skipper Hafeez should believe that his team has every chance of winning the series and they need to remain positive.
Pakistan openers will have to find out ways of negating swing at the start. Bhuvnesh deserves all the credit for his performance in the first game.
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The writer is a former Pakistan captain