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Younis mantra: Play your natural game

This winning trick was provided by the stand-in skipper just as the Pakistan team was coping with the shocking news of Akhtar and Asif.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 14:13 IST

The secret behind Pakistan's success at a time when they had been written off completely lies in a simple formula of playing the natural game without worrying about anything else, reveals skipper Younis Khan.

This winning trick was provided by the stand-in skipper just as the team was coping with the shocking news that key bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were flying back home after having been tested positive for a banned drug.

"I told the boys to play their natural game. We should not look at the fact that which team is stronger or weaker. We do not have to see how many points we take from a game, but what is important is that we maintain consistency," Younis told.

Younis, whose team landed here yesterday to play their two matches of the Champions Trophy against New Zealand and South Africa at Mohali on October 25 and 27, said their win against Sri Lanka had done wonders to their confidence.

"It was a good win. But the boys cannot afford to be complacent. We saw how Australia lost to West Indies. We've got to give our best shot and we will get through," he said.

The 28-year-old prolific batsman admitted though that the team was missing the services of experienced players like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib.

"Naturally, they are experienced players and their presence alone is a great asset. However, the boys know they have a task to accomplish whatever the circumstances may be." More

First Published: Oct 20, 2006 20:09 IST