Our bowlers have come of age: Inzamam

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/inzamamulhaq.jpg' class='caption'> Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq today said his irrepressible bowling attack has got the measure of the strong Indian batting line-up.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq today said his irrepressible bowling attack has got the measure of the strong Indian batting line-up and would pose a serious challenge to Sourav Ganguly and Co. in the triangular one-day cricket tournament starting here tomorrow. Inzamam said the tight leash under which his bowlers kept the star-studded Indian line-up in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka recently was an indication that the mercurial Pakistani pacers were beginning to show "new discipline and commitment" which they had lacked in the past. "It looks like the contest would be between our bowlers and their batsmen. I was very happy the way they (bowlers) picked up in Sri Lanka -- bowling within themselves and in right channels. This is the thing which we didn't do against the Indians at home," the burly batsman told PTI as he marshalled the nets here. India take on Pakistan in the opening match of the triseries tomorrow before clashing with the Ricky Ponting's Australia on Monday. Pakistan face off with the Aussies on Wednesday before the final on August 28. Inzamam said the other areas in which his side had made considerable improvement since the arrival of Bob Woolmer as coach was fitness and fielding. "If we appear sharp and energetic in the field, it is because we are getting fitter. That's been the main area of thrust since the induction of Bob Woolmer as coach. "We are not doing anything specific but are just getting regular with the fitness routine we have been provided with. There is also no restriction on food as such," Inzamam said. Pakistan failed to make it to the Asia Cup final which was contested by India and Sri Lanka. But Inzamam's men remained unbeaten in four of the five matches in the tournament. They beat the Indians convincingly by 59 runs in the Super League stage but Sourav Ganguly's men pipped them to the final only on the basis of points won. Inzamam, however, refused to read too much into Indias below par performance in Sri Lanka. "India have played very well in the last year and a half," he said. "Any team can't give top performance year round. They were off-colour in Sri Lanka but such things happen. In one-day cricket you cant predict winners." He had little doubt as to what pressure teams face when they face the might of India batting. "They bat till number seven and it is their main strength. It is good enough to bring any side under pressure." The Pakistani skipper also raved about the qualitative difference Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif have brought to the Indian line-up. "I am a great admirer of Yuvraj and Kaif. They have generally been able to pick up the scoring when they come to bat at number six and seven. "They also are livewires in the field. They have infused a new life in your team. The effort they put in in the field is tremendous." (PTI)

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