Chennai:Terming the tri-series defeat in Australia as "an aberration" on an otherwise successful tour, former Indian captain S Venkataraghavan said India go in as the favourites against a "less formidable" Pakistan in the upcoming cricket series. "Our players performed so well and their confidence level being so high, the team should lift itself up. If Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan get to really bowl to their potential and perform well, then it (India's bowling attack) will be a different one," said Venkat, who recently stepped down as ICC Elite Umpire. As for the current Pakistan team, Venkat felt they were in "a learning process." "Definitely one can say the Pakistanis are not the same formidable side that they were. Probably, there is a curve and the present team members are in the learning process. Their bowling is also weak," he added. He said the outcome of the series would hinge on "what sort of wickets we come across". "They have three experienced campaigners in Inzamam-ul Haq, Yousuf Youhana and Rashid Latif. I am pretty impressed with young fast bowler Mohammad Sami, and they have Shoaib Akhtar," Venkat said. Fond memories The mention of India's tour of Pakistan, the first since 1989-90, made Venkat nostalgic. For, he was part of the 1978-79 team that visited Pakistan when the two countries, like now, re-established sporting contacts after a more than two-decade gap. "It happened almost 27 years ago. I remember the reception that we got at Karachi Airport, it was phenomenal," recalled Venkat. "The welcome was something one can never forget. It was very warm and I distinctly remember that they had formed a cavalcade throughout the route from airport to Hotel and the crowd was waving both Pakistan and India flags together on the entire stretch of the route.