Indians have upper hand in Pindi Test

The Indo-Pak Friendship Series, locked at 1-1, is set up for a grand finale.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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The Indo-Pak Friendship Series, locked at 1-1, is set up for a grand finale. The pressure levels on the players will be immense and this is where experience counts. India has the upper hand here, and they will be highly motivated to win a Test Series abroad. The team theme for this series has been "Playing with Passion for Pride". If they do that in this match, we can expect Ganguly to be the man holding aloft the Samsung Cup at the end of this match. We are in for a fascinating game of cricket! I have no doubt the Indian team will be trying to remember the reasons which brought it success in the past rather than dwell on the loss at Lahore. This team is mentally very strong, and they will be going into the Rawalpindi Test thinking about nothing else but a win. If this team plays to its potential, it is capable of beating any team in the world. Both teams have selection worries. While Pakistan is looking for a replacement bowler for the injured hero of the second Test, Umar Gul, India has a problem of plenty. With Saurav Ganguly's return from injury, one of the six batsmen will have to make way. Yuvraj Singh has done wonderfully well to merit selection. It therefore looks like Aakash Chopra will be unfortunately sitting this one out. He has done well at the top of the order with Sehwag in Australia, and he will still figure in the team's plans for the future. (PTI)