KARACHI: Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq wants his players to learn how to "finish off" games, which alone could help his team stop its losing streak against India.
According to him, the 4-1 scoreline in favour of India in the last series did not reflect the closeness of the contest but Pakistan would have to quickly learn from the mistakes.
"We competed well against India but just couldn't finish off the games. We have to give winning touches to the games to end our losing streak," Inzamam said on the eve of the team's departure for Abu Dhabi.
"The result may suggest that India won comprehensively. But the reality is that India did well in pulling off wins from tough situations while we failed to maintain the pressure.
"It's all about how good you are at finishing off the games because in international cricket, good teams don't give you chances too often and whenever the chance comes, you have to pounce on it," he said.
The two ODIs, scheduled at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on April 18 and 19, will be in aid of the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the subcontinent late last year.
All for a noble cause
Inzamam admitted that his players were tired after a back-breaking season in which they have already played eight Tests and 13 ODIs since October 2005.
"Furthermore, we have played much of it in the sub-continent, where the weather has been very tough on cricketers. I know that the players are mentally and physically tired.
"But at the same time they also know that the Abu Dhabi matches are for a cause," he added.
Pakistan won the Test series against England, India and Sri Lanka without losing a match while the team's only ODI series loss was to India.
India will be without the services of Sachin Tendulkar while Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif are badly out of form. However, Inzamam was not reading much into it. "India has some good utility players and I don't think the absence or lack of form of one or two players would affect them. For us, the important thing is to look into ourselves and think how we can lift our performance and win games instead of smiling on their weak links," he said. PTI