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Revealed! Younis's success formula

Pakistan vice captain discloses how playing against India helps him to start firing again. Check out what he said.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 15:18 IST

Pakistan vice captain Younis Khan does not have to try too hard to regain his form whenever he is going through the occasional bad patch.

He just needs a game against India to start firing again, revealed the prolific middle order batsman after steering his team to a six-wicket win in the first one-dayer on Tuesday.

A perennial thorn in India's flesh, Younis said he had always been "very comfortable" playing against his neighbours from across the border.

"It is just that I try my best against India. Whenever I am out of form, I get to play against India and I regain my form."

Younis, who topscored with 71, did not think conditions were difficult for batting at the Zayed Stadium.

"International cricketers must know how to adapt to different conditions quickly," he said.

Inzi praises bowlers

His skipper Inzamam-ul Haq praised his bowlers for setting up the emphatic win.

"The bowlers performed very well, in fact the fast bowlers have been performing consistently over the past couple of months," said the skipper, who made 40.

Inzamam credited the team's great winning record against India at neutral venues to crowd support.

"There is lot of support for us from the crowd, the atmosphere is exhilirating. Our record shows that we have been playing really well."

Resting Viru is 'no big issue'

The Pakistan captian did not give must importance to the debate over resting Virender Sehwag for the match.

"Sometimes it happens and the team strategy is such that it is decided to give rest to a player. There is so much international cricket that a captain sometimes feel he needs to give rest to a player. It is not a big issue."

Inzamam said it had not been easy to score on Tuesday and even chasing a modest total could have been tricky.

Commenting on seamer Mohammad Asif, he said, he was emerging as a key player for the team in the lead up to the World Cup but added that it was too early to compare him to Glenn McGrath.

"What is important for the team in the lead up to the World Cup is that all players should be fit and performing. Any team can win if all its players are fit and it continues to win matches. We are hoping that Asif will continue to perform till the World Cup.

"He is a very good bowler, but we should give him some time before starting to compare him with McGrath."

'More the merrier'

The Multan batsman was all for more Indo-Pak matches.

"If we play more matches, the level of tension comes down. Public become used to such encounters, the pressure also reduces. Players get to know each other better and feel closer to one another. More matches would help in improving relations between the two teams."

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 13:42 IST