India favourites in Test series against Pak: Akram

November 14th, 2007 - 8:14 am ICT by admin  

However, he added that speedster Shoaib Akhtar can become a thorn in the flesh for India if he gets his ‘rhythm and swing’ right.

“Indians are favourites in India, as it is very difficult to get them out on those wickets. Shoaib Akhtar’s return to the Pakistan side may have an impact if he can get his rhythm and swing,” Akram said.

“In the one-day series, both the teams will be evenly balanced. But in the Test series the Indians could be far ahead of Pakistan,” the Daily Times quoted him, as telling the Gulf News.

The 41-year-old former all-rounder felt that the absence of Inzamamul Haq would be an important factor in this series.

“The vacuum created by Inzamam will be felt greatly during the Indian series. The middle order will feel the pressure of his absence, especially on those flat wickets,” he said.

Akram further said that it would be interesting to see two young rival team captains, who will go all out to prove themselves during the series.

“Both (Shoaib) Malik and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni have proved to be quick learners of the game. There will be a lot of pressure on Malik in India. Apart from playing good cricket, he will also have to handle Indian media, and that could put extra pressure on him,” he said. (ANI)

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