No, Akhtar or no Akhtar, the Indians are never going to take the arch rivals lightly.Originally Posted by Duncan
Its possibly true that without Akhtar Pakistan team might be more disciplined, but discipline alone doesn't win matches for a team. Rana's and Rao's do work very hard but they simply aren't test material and as such will be a failure on batting track against the mighty Indian batting lineup. Basically one individual shouldn't make such a big difference but problem for Pakistan is that
1 In the absence of Akhtar there is not even a single match winning pacer in Pak team (sami is crap, we all know that)
2 There is noone to take the place of a quality offspinner like Saqlain.
3 Danish is a good prospect but he would be facing the best leg spin facing batters in the world and as such would struggle.
Akhtar's absence could prove to be a disaster for Pakistan.