Inzy looking to make amends in Karachi

The Pakistan captain hopes that his side will come back to end the series on a winning note in Karachi on Sunday.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 13:33 IST

Poor batting coupled with some pathetic fielding were the reasons behind Pakistan's one-day series loss against India, feels skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, but he hopes that his side will learn from the defeats and come back to end the series on a winning note in Karachi on Sunday.

"Two main reasons can be cited for Pakistan's defeat against India in the one-day series, failure of the batting line-up to deliver and poor fielding," Inzamam wrote in The News.

"But we still have the Karachi one-dayer to go. My players are hoping that they can repeat their Test match winning feat here at the National Stadium. We want to end the one-day rubber on a positive note and with some happy memories," he said.

Admitting that the hosts were outplayed by the visiting Indian team, Inzamam said his side needs to rethink its strategy and work out ways to improve performance in the last ODI.

"Time has come to learn from our mistakes. The Indian team has won because it has played better cricket and we have not performed according to our own standards as well as the expectations of the fans," he said.

"I have suggested to my players that they push the loss into the background and tackle the final battle with renewed vigour."

Inzamam said inconsistent performance of the openers batsmen has been putting immense pressure on the middle order, which has time and again crumbled under pressure.

"Salman Butt on occasions bats very well, but he has failed to perform consistently. His failure in three successive matches has put the team under tremendous pressure.

"Apart from Salman, our other experienced batsman Mohammad Yousuf has also not been in form during the one-dayers. His being off-colour has created difficulties for us," he said.

However, Inzamam said he found it mind boggling as to how a couple of losses can be used as an excuse to make wholesale changes in the team. The Pakistan skipper felt such hurried changes would disturb the balance of the team which, in all fairness, has been doing well for quite sometime now.

"I don't want to press the panic button after having lost the one-day rubber. The Pakistan team has been playing together as a unit for the last one and a half year. Anything done in a hurry could bring in debacles of a bigger magnitude in the future," he warned.

He requested the home fans to be patient with the team and promised an improved show in the last ODI on Sunday.

"My request to the Pakistan cricket enthusiasts would be that they should have confidence in their players. I wish that I am able to prove to them that my players and the team can perform to their satisfaction," he said.

Moving away from onfield action, the Pakistan skipper was annoyed with the Indian media's fixation with speedster Shoaib Akhtar's action.

"Indian press either continued to talk about Shoaib's action or indulged in quite unnecessary gossip," he said, adding that his team's poor show did not help its cause either.

"The Pakistan team displayed its worst form in the one-day International in Multan. I will not put up any defence in this regard."

Inzamam said leading a depleted side after Shoaib and Shahid Afridi were ruled out because of injury has not been easy as the replacements have not measured upto the expectations.

"Fitness problems faced by Shoaib and Shahid have affected the team's combination.

"They are two of the team's most important players," Inzamam said.

He said the hosts will try some new bowling options in the Karachi ODI.

"We want to end the sequence of the three defeats. I would now try to make some changes in the bowling attack in Karachi and experiment with some fresh bowlers," he said without divulging anything about the planned experiments.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 13:33 IST