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Pakistan batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq advised his batsmen to play positively when the limited-overs series against archrival India starts later this month and predicts the team that handles the pressure better will emerge the winner.
The former Pakistan captain will spend a week with the players at the training camp in Lahore before the team leaves for India on Dec. 22.
"Whosoever plays aggressive cricket against India will perform better,'' Inzamam said Saturday.
Inzamam was one of Pakistan's most successful batsmen in international cricket before retiring in 2007 after scoring 8,830 runs in 120 tests and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs.
Pakistan is scheduled to play two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals when the series begins at Bangalore on Dec. 25. It ends in New Delhi on Jan. 6.
It will be the first bilateral series between the two south Asian neighbors in five years since India last hosted Pakistan in 2007. The bilateral cricketing ties were suspended after terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 killed 166 people, with India blaming Pakistan for the tragedy.
Inzamam played 67 ODIs against India during his illustrious career, scoring 2,403 runs with four centuries. The PCB has appointed Inzamam on a series to series basis to share his vast knowledge with the team.
"My effort is to pass on my playing experience to the players and I hope it will be helpful for them when they play against India,'' he said. ``Our players have played a lot against India and it's only about how to handle the pressure. Whosoever handles it well, he will play better. I will be discussing with the players how to chase, how to set the target and what's required from the batsmen.''
Inzamam, who led Pakistan in 22 ODIs against India and has a win ratio of 12-10, said Pakistan has plenty of individual match-winners in the squad but they need to play as a team against India.