India skipper MS Dhoni agreed on Thursday that Shoaib Malik’s men are lacking the aggression that has been a hallmark of Pakistani teams that have toured India in the past.
“There is a difference, the last (Pakistani) team was much more aggressive than this one,” Dhoni said at a press conference after his team trounced Pakistan in the fourth one-dayer to seal the series.
The Pakistan team has been criticised for failing to rise to the occasion on this tour during which apart from the second one-dayer in Mohali, they have failed to impress much.
Most critics believe the Pakistanis lack intensity and aggression — two qualities that helped them shine on previous tours of India.
Dhoni also said that on their previous tour of India in 205, the Pakistanis gave a better show. “They (Pakistan) almost have the same team that came here last year and apart from Inzi (Inzamam-ul-Haq) almost all their key players are here for this series,” he said.
But Malik, the Pakistan captain, rejected the impression that his players weren’t aggressive enough.
“Of course there is aggression from us on the field. But we can’t just go and hold the bat of the batsman if he is scoring runs,” he said.
Malik stressed that his team may have lost the One-day International (ODI) series but will bounce back in the remaining matches of the tour.
“We have one more match to go in the one-day series and then there are the three Tests and I’m sure that we will comeback,” he expressed.
He added: “We are professionals and everyday is a good day. We would just try to remember the good points and forget the bad ones when we play the next game.”
Malik took out some positives from the One-day International series defeat saying that the prolific form of Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan and opener Salman Butt were the plus points for the tourists.
Dhoni hailed a ‘team effort’ for India’s One-day International series win. “It has been a good team effort. Today when the bowlers couldn’t do well, the batsmen took responsibility,” he said.
Malik said that he has been enjoying captaincy but is finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing that at the time when his team was losing matches regularly.
The Indian captain said that everybody in his team’s dressing room was saddened after Sachin Tendulkar once again fell in the nineties.
“The entire team is feeling said but he (Tendulkar) can even smile although he has missed six hundreds this year,” he said.
“There are so many cricketers who retire even without scoring seven hundreds in their career,” he added.
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pakistan, Pakistan in India 2007
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