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Monday , January 7 , 2013
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‘This Indian line-up needs Cheteshwar’

Ramiz Raja does a quick review
Ramiz Raja

New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja spoke to The Telegraph late on Sunday, at the end of the ODI series.

The following are excerpts

Thoughts on India’s win at the Kotla...

A very important win... It was needed to give India momentum going into the ODIs against England. Also, it has taken some of the pressure off (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni... The batting, however, needs to improve... England’s bowlers will get the ball to swing and seam and the upcoming ODIs will again test India’s batsmen... India’s new bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed, proved to be quite impressive, though.

Dhoni being retained as captain...

I’m happy... It wouldn’t have been right to change the captain during the season... Would, in my view, have been unfair. Now, Dhoni has to guide this team in the right direction.

If it’s the end of the ODI road for Virender Sehwag...

Tough to say that with certainty, but it will be difficult for Sehwag to make a comeback. He relies on his hand-eye coordination, but lacks a solid technique. That makes it more difficult when out of form.

His take on Cheteshwar Pujara’s call-up...

This Indian line-up needs him.

Gains for the teams over the past two weeks...

Winning the ODI series has to be a gain for Pakistan... On an individual level, Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshed are going home with reputation enhanced... Also, Saeed Ajmal... As for India, Kumar and Shami are the clear gains... Kumar swings the ball appreciably, while Shami was as impressive on debut. It’s tough to debut in an Indo-Pak series, but I liked the way Kumar handled himself, liked his temperament.

Lastly... The tour ending without an incident, barring Ishant Sharma’s petulance in the first T20 International...

It’s pleasing... The players know each other well and they recognised their responsibility.