28 March 2011
India has an edge over Pakistan in batting, says Lloyd
Stating that India's bowling attack is their weakest link, the legendary cricketer said the hosts would have to bat Pakistan out of the semifinals
Clive Lloyd feels that batting will be the key to India's success in the semifinal.
"I think I have read sometime ago that he has been considered as a 'water boy'. But the fact is that 'water boy' has started drinking water from the fountain.
"He is batting very well at the moment. He should consider on the one-dayers so that it helps him get back into the Test mould," the 1975 and 1979 World Cup winning captain told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.
Stating that India's bowling attack is their weakest link, the legendary cricketer said the hosts would have to bat Pakistan out of the semifinals when the two arch-rivals clash in Mohali on Wednesday.
Terming Sachin Tendulkar as batting God, the 66-year-old said, "There is no doubt about him being considered batting God. If he bats, India will get a good start and India will then post a very good total.
"But again their bowling is not as strong as it should have been by the standards of the contest. India will have to bat Pakistan out for them to win the contest," Lloyd, who led an all-time great West Indies line-up, said.
He also added that he would like see a keen contest between the two neighbours and not just a lop-sided game.
"I hope it's not a one-sided game. It should be a both sided competition and we should see some exciting contest."
"India might have edge in batting but in terms of fielding and bowling Pakistan are ahead. But one who plays well on that day will win the game. I am sure it will be a great spectacle," Lloyd said.
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