The Pak 82-83 tour was one of the most traumatising defeats but it
also usehered in an era where India went to win Major ODI tournaments
for the next 2 years .
I remember then when the team was anounced ( 7pm Khel Samachar All
India Radio) for the tour I felt the same what most people are feeling
now that we have a great batting line up .
The batting line 1982-83 - up of still looks good at least on paper
Arun Lal ( Was replaced by Shastri / Srikant the last 2 matches)
We had Six good Batsmen ( except for may be Arun Lal, even arun lal
still had much better technique than many opners we tried recently)
and followed by genuine allrounder Kapil , good batting skills in
Kirmani , Madan lal , Sandhu and Shastri. However it did nont do
India any good against Imran at his peak , I Still remember that
afternoon over 20 years ago when Imran ran through Indian batting line
taking 5 or 6 wickets in one session. Also one more thing simillar
with present was the weak Indian bowling apart from Kapil we had
essentially had nobody . If Pakistan bowlers bowl anywere near what
Imran did we are in for a tough time.
What we need as we needed then which is good bowling to counter attack
if we suffer a collaspe. I don't think Pak batting is weak they
recently chased fourth innings 250+ target in NZ quite easily. I would
put Pak favourite for this series at 65-35.