Latif warns India on batting changes
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Latif warns India on batting changes

India's changes with batting order may have succeeded against Sri Lanka, but former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif is unimpressed.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 19:17 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India's frequent shuffling of the batting order may have bamboozled the Sri Lankans, but a former Pakistan captain says such experiments may backfire and have a destabilising effect on the team.

Rashid Latif finds it hard to see any logic behind India's penchant for changing the batting order, saying there was no need to do that since the Indians had a strong batting line-up.

"India has such a strong batting line-up that there is no need to indulge in such experiments. In fact, it is Pakistan who need such experiments to find a suitable middle order," said Latif.

"Sometimes too much experiments can shatter the confidence of the batsmen and can lead to unnecessary controversies. Even an accomplished batsman may find it difficult to adjust in a new batting position," the former wicketkeeper said.

Commenting on the upcoming India-Pakistan series, Latif said Pakistan would largely depend on Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria to deliver the goods in the bowling department.

"As far as bowling is concerned, Shoaib and Kaneria should again deliver the results as they did in the series against England," he said.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 19:17 IST