India emerges over Pak: Sidhu

Updated: 17 November 2007 16:27 IST

Cricket expert Navjot Singh Sidhu believes that India's series win over Pakistan in the one dayers marks a new phase in the history of Indo-Pak Cricket.

Gwalior:

NDTV's cricket expert Navjot Singh Sidhu believes that India's series win over Pakistan in the one dayers marks a new phase in the history of Indo-Pak Cricket.

He says Pakistan are no longer the favourites in this clash of the arch-rivals. While former Pakistani captain Aamer Sohail may not entirely agree with that as he thinks the team is paying the price for its poor selection policies.

It is now a world record for M S Dhoni finishing a ODI with a six for the fifth time. With this win Pakistan's hopes of taking on this series ends and with the show nobody is expecting them to turn it around in the tests either.

Navjot Singh said, "Pakistan has failed to evolve whereas India has. The change essentially has been the emergence of likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj. India no longer has to fall back on the likes of Ganguly and Sachin."

Sachin hit back-to-back 4's off Shahid Afridi and he set up the win with a score of 97. Even though he missed his hundred the event will be unforgettable.

Meanwhile Pakistan has many problems to fix. They've had eight different opening pairs in the last 12 games, three different vice-captains and bowlers who are either unfit or out of form.

Aamir Sohail said, "There has been so much changing that the guys are not confident about their place in the team."

But there is no getting carried away with the win as many experts say that this was indeed one of the weakest Pakistani teams to have toured India and Dhoni's captaincy credentials will be put under sterner tests in the months to come.

Topics : Cricket
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