New Delhi: Presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a leader makes the Indian team a good unit going into World Cup, former Pakistan cricketers Inzamam Ul Haq and Shoaib Akhtar said today.
"I believe having Dhoni as a leader is a big factor for the Indian team. An experienced captain in a big ticket event is always a plus. Dhoni is one player, who has performed for India in pressure situations and scripted innumerable comebacks for the team. Having a leader who knows how to handle pressure makes Dhoni cut above rest," Inzamam, who has played five World Cups for Pakistan, said during a 'Cricket Conclave' organised by News24 channel.
Shoaib was even more forthright while dissecting Dhoni's style of captaincy.
"With due respect and not taking any names, I have seen captains, who hide behind the team under pressure but Dhoni is one guy who would make the team hide behind him when they are under pressure. He is one guy who doesn't know the meaning of fear," the straight talking fast bowler expressed his frank opinion.
While Inzamam gave India a "good 60-70 percent" chance, Shoaib rated South Africa and New Zealand as the two teams in with good chance of winning the Cup.
Inzamam did not read too much into India's performance in Test and tri-nation series Down Under.
"Let me tell you a story. In 1992, we went to Australia a month before World Cup. Not many know that we played six warm up games prior to World Cup and lost all six. We went onto win World Cup," Inzy, who looked completely different in his pathani suit and skull cap, said in his inimitable style.
"The wickets in Australia have become very different from what it used to be during our time. These are good batting tracks. Also two months in Australia have gave them insight and understanding of these tracks.
"Adjustment is always key and Indian team will enjoy the advantage. But I can tell you one thing. Reverse swing won't be a factor with two new balls from both ends," the batting artist from Multan said.