Karachi: Despite being defeated by England in the Mumbai Test, India still remained a formidable foe at their home soil, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Sunday. "They might have lost a Test to England recently but India are still a formidable team in their home conditions and difficult to beat," said Misbah during the National T20 Championship now underway in Lahore.
He predicted a tough fight for England in the remaining matches of the Test series in their tour of India. "England batsmen will have to show plenty of resilience to continue their winning streak against India who will come back stronger," he added. The third Test between India and England begins on December 5 in Kolkata. Misbah said that even Pakistan's tour to India later this month will not be a easy one.
"Regardless of outcome of their series against England, India has a very good T20 and ODI squad and trying to defeat them in their own conditions will be a challenging task. "There is no question we will have to be at our best physically and mentally to overcome India," Misbah said.
The senior batsman said he was eagerly looking forward to playing in the one-day series in India. "Every player knows that if you do well against India people make you a hero and remember your innings for long time. It is always a pressure series for players," he said. Surprisingly, 38-year-old Misbah, whose own future as a Pakistan player has come under scrutiny due to his age, was curt while responding to questions about the retirement of Australian great Ricky Ponting.
Asked if he felt the Australian batsman had set an example for others by announcing his retirement now, Misbah said there was no question of anyone setting an example for anyone. "I look at this way that retirement is always a personal decision of a player and it has nothing to do with what affect it will have on other players," he said.