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'History against us in historic tie'

Pak Davis Cup captain Rasheed Malik has said his team would start "love-one down" against India who boast of a demolition doubles team.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 13:28 IST

Pakistan Davis Cup captain Rasheed Malik has said his team would start "love-one down" against India who boast of a demolition doubles team in Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.

Malik also said that although Pakistan were aware of their unimpressive track record against India in Davis Cup, his team would go all out for glory in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I second round play-off tie at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium from April 7 to 9.

"History is against us in this historic tie and frankly speaking we would be starting love-one down because of the champion Indian pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati.

"But whenever and whichever sport you play against India, the motivation and zest for glory is there. We will be travelling to India with an aim to scale the mountain this time," Malik said.

Pakistan team arrives in Mumbai on Monday, four days before the match to acclimatise and get used to the surface.

The Indian team is led by Paes, with Mahesh Bhupathi, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna also in the ranks.

Unlike cricket, the traditional rivals have played just five times against each other with the last meeting being almost 33 years ago at Kuala Lumpur where India won 4-0, thanks to the legendary Vijay Amritraj and his brother Anand.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 13:28 IST