Harbhajan: Inzy will be missed
Harbhajan Singh has predicted that the retirement of Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq will affect their performances against India.
Last Updated: 25/10/07 10:32am
Ahead of Pakistan's tour of India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has predicted that the retirement of captain Inzamam-ul Haq will have an adverse affect on their performances.
In his 15-year stint in the upper echelons of the game, batsman Inzamam scored 8,830 Test runs and 11,739 one-day runs prior to his swansong in the recent series against South Africa.
And, according to 27-year-old Harbhajan, Pakistan will miss the talismanic presence of Inzamam in the forthcoming series, which gets underway at the start of November.
"Inzamam is the Sachin Tendulkar of Pakistan and his decision to retire from international cricket recently will definitely be an advantage for India," he told the Hindustan Times.
Nevertheless, Harbhajan expected that other players in the Pakistan touring party would look to make their presence felt during the tour, which comprises three Tests and five one-dayers.
"Pakistan are no lightweights," he continued. "We cannot take them lightly. Pakistan still have several good players like Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik."
However, Harbhajan also predicted that India's victory over Pakistan in the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 would hand them a psychological advantage.
"We beat Pakistan in the T20 final and we will definitely have an edge over them," he added.
The last time Pakistan toured India, in 2005, they won the final Test in Bangalore to level the series 1-1 and also scored a 4-2 victory against the hosts in the one-day internationals.