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West Indies tour not to be an easy one: Durrani

Written by: Staff

Thiruvananthapuram, May 13 (UNI) The coming ODI and test matches against West Indies will not be an easy one for Indians as the winning chances would be only 40 to 60 per cent, former all rounder Salim Durrani said today.

Mr Durrani, who was instrumental in India's lone victory over the West Indies in 1971, claiming two top wickets, told reporters here that the winning chance of the country would depend on the picth.

Normally the pitch of that country would be a bouncing one, which favoured the medium pace fast bowlers.

Mr Durrani, who also bowled India to victory over England in 1961-62 picking up eight and ten wickets at Kolkata and Chennai, said both the ODI and Test Matches were quite different from one another. In ODIs the bowlers must try to get more wicket conceeding less runs and the batting side had to concentrate more to find runs, while in test matches there was enough time to play.

Though the country has good, young, talented and enthusiastic players, it lacked a good all rounder, he pointed out.

Complementing Youvaraj Singh and Rana as good players, he said ''they have to realise the siutation of the ground while playing.'' Mr Durrani, who is here in connection with the Sports Jouralists Federation of India (SJFI) national convention, said upcoming player Sreesanth was a natural born fast bowler and his bowling had good line and length.


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