Good record at Eden boosts our confidence: Misbah
Kolkata: Pakistan's all-win record against India at the Eden Gardens would play a big role as they would look to seal the ODI series on Thursday, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said.
"We have some good memories as a team. Also our players have done well here. Confidence plays a big role in cricket. If you've good record, it gives more confidence," Misbah said on the eve of their second one-dayer.
Pakistan had last won a ODI series in India way back in 2004-05 but Misbah said they were living in the present.
"India-Pakistan is always an important series. We don't remember exactly when we won here. But this is a very important series. We will put together all our energies and planning to play good cricket. Each game is a new game you have to put in your best."
Misbah is yet to score a century from 107 ODIs but the skipper said it does not bother him as long as he's contributing to the team's cause.
"I don't think so it makes a difference. It's important what the team needs. Winning is more important, if a century comes then it's most welcome."
A vital cog in Pakistan's ODI scheme of things, Shahid Afridi is not part of the side and Misbah said the side wants the all-rounder to return to form and make a comeback.
"There's no doubt he has been a main player of the team for so long, especially in the middle-order. Even we miss him and it's difficult to fill in the void, especially the difference he would do with his bowling giving vital breakthroughs."
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket after playing his 200th Test in the home series against the West Indies next month.
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