India favourites for Asia Cup: Waqar

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistani fast bowling great Waqar Younis tagged India as favourites to win the Asia Cup cricket tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Pakistani fast bowling great Waqar Younis today tagged India as favourites to win the Asia Cup cricket tournament. He further said his team would have to "struggle hard" to wriggle out of poor form. Waqar claimed India had performed well in Australia and Pakistan and if they carried the same form to Sri Lanka, the venue for Asia Cup competition beginning on July 16, they would be simply unstoppable. "India are favourites to win the Asia Cup. They played well in Australia and Pakistan. If they play like that in Sri Lanka, there is no way to beat them," he told reporters. On the prospects of Pakistan, he said, "at present they are a relatively new side. I can't say about their prospects. Only if they do well they will have any chance. They would have to struggle hard." Asked to name his favourite Indian cricketer, he said, "all of them are good but Rahul Dravid's defence is superb. Defence makes a big difference." Waqar, whose toe-crushing yorkers were feared worldwide by batsmen, disagreed that one-day cricket was not helpful to bowlers. "I did not get any help from the pitches in one-dayers for the 15 years that I played. Pitches are made for batsmen because people like to see fours and sixes." Asked whether he was open to offers to coach Indian bowlers, he said, "I have not really thought about it. We will see if they ask." (PTI)

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