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Dhoni is murderous, says Inzamam

Having suffered from his blade, Pak skipper described Dhoni as a player to be watched in the 2007 World Cup.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 16:12 IST

Having suffered from his blade in the just-concluded series, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq on Tuesday described Mahendra Singh Dhoni as "murderous" and a player to be watched in the 2007 World Cup.

The Indian wicket-keeper, who blasted away 219 runs in the four innings of the five-match series at a stupendous strike rate of 137,"is safe behind the wickets and can be compared with Adam Gilchrist though the Australian has proved himself as the best after years in commission," Inzamamsaid.

On a high following his team's brilliant performances in the past one year, Inzamam finds himself to be the target of criticism after losing the ODI series by a comprehensive 4-1 to India. Suddenly his tactics and everything else he did during the series are being faulted.

But the burly Pakistani is unruffled as he always is at the crease. His team lost to a much superior foe, he admits.

Is he angry? "I control my anger. If someone drops a catch and I get angry, will that catch come back to us ? It won't. Therefore it is better to be cool because that helps in better performance," he said.

Despite the ODI series loss to India, Inzamam believes that the Pakistani team has become much better in the past two years. "When India came here in 2004, our boys were young and inexperienced. They have since played a lot of cricket in other countries that has given them experience and confidence," he said.

The atmosphere in the Pakistani dressing room had definitely improved. "When you have confidence the atmosphere in the dressing room also improves," he added.

Religion was a binding force for his team, according to Pakistani skipper, who said,"the players are more religious minded today. We offer namaz (prayers) together five times a day. This has made a big difference."

Analyzing the Indian team, Inzamam said that undoubtedly batting was India's strength as the line-up was very experienced. The bowlers are inexperienced but they are young and talented.

He strongly disagrees with those who believe that Sachin Tendulkar was on the decline. "He has shown by the way he batted that he is not on the decline. In my view, he is good enough for another four or five years", Inzamam said.

He rates Tendulkar as one of the five best batsmen in the world alongwith Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara.

And where does Inzamam figure? "Oh, Inzamam comes way behind them," he replies modestly notwithstanding the fact that he has an average of nearly 52 after 107 Tests and about 40 in 356 ODIs.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 16:12 IST