India will struggle against Shoaib Akhtar in Asia Cup: Tanvir

Updated: Jun 12, 2010, 14:00 PM IST

New Delhi: With Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh not in the squad, India will struggle against Pakistan’s comeback pacer Shoaib Akhtar, predicted Sohail Tanvir.

Tanvir is convinced that Akhtar, who makes an international comeback after an eventful year in the wilderness, would be a changed man on his return and expected him to do well, provided he retains his fitness, which has always been an issue with the temperamental pacer.

“I don’t think there is any need be too concerned about Akhtar’s performance. He has been a great asset for Pakistan cricket for many years and if he stays fit, he will deliver,” Tanvir said of his teammate.

“India will be without Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh while most of the others are recuperating from the losses against Zimbabwe. In such a scenario, it would not be easy dealing with Akhtar’s pace and variety,” Tanvir told

Tendulkar opted out seeking to spend time with his family, while Yuvraj was dropped from the Indian team for lack of form and fitness.

Tanvir played down the Akhtar’s temperamental problems that often landed the pacer in trouble.

“Look, whatever has happened in the past is history. I am sure you will get to see a different Shoaib Akhtar in the Asia Cup. No matter how big a star any player is, comebacks are the same for all.

“Akhtar is a fighter and he has done remarkably despite so many injuries in his career. I hope there is a change this time when Akhtar gets back into the team. Pakistan need him to do well,” he added.