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'I am not intimidated by Sachin, Sourav'

Pak seamer Sohail Tanveer says his side's bowling attack is enough to rattle the hosts even without Mohd Asif.

cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2007 20:11 IST

Undaunted by the presence of heavyweights like Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian line-up, Pakistani seamer Sohail Tanveer said his side's bowling attack was good enough to rattle the hosts even without spearhead Mohammad Asif in the ODI cricket series starting on Monday.

"If you have faith in your abilities then you can achieve anything, no matter how tough the opposition. I cannot afford to be intimidated by big names like Sachin (Tendulkar) and Sourav (Ganguly) and allow their presence to affect my performance," Tanveer, who is on his maiden trip to India and will face the veteran Indians for the first time, told reporters here in a media interaction.

"Definitely we will miss Asif but even without him, I think our bowling is strong enough to trouble any line-up in the world. We have a nice combination of seamers and quickies," he added.

Tanveer, however, admitted that taking wickets on the sub-continental tracks is one of the toughest assignments for a bowler but felt Pakistani bowlers were more likely to do well here, having grown up playing on such pitches back home.

"It is difficult to bowl on the tracks in sub-continent but since we have also played our domestic cricket on such pitches, we are well-prepared for the task," he explained.

Enjoying his first trip to India, the 22-year-old said he was looking forward to the challenge of taking on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men in their own backyard after the thrilling matches the two sides played in the Twenty20 World Championship.

First Published: Nov 04, 2007 16:13 IST