‘We are a better T20 side than India’

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

JOHANNESBURG: Geoff Lawson who remained busy chalking up team’s strategy during Pakistan team’s Twenty World Cup campaign here admitted at the end of the event that there was a very thin line between pain and joy and sadly his team finished on the wrong end on Monday.

Talking to Pakistani media following his team’s narrow loss against India in the World Twenty20 final, he said the match could have finished either way.
“There is a thin line between pain and ecstasy and on Monday Pakistan could have ended up on either side,”
he said.

Lawson said all was going well till one bad shot cost Pakistan the trophy.
“Though Misbah-ul-Haq played brilliantly throughout the tournament, one more of his brilliant drives could have earned Pakistan the trophy.”

Lawson said he still believed Pakistan is a better twenty20 side than India.
“We ended up losing the match with a difference of just one stroke.”

Lawson, however, saw some positives in Pakistan’s performnace.
“There are three things that we have achieved from the tournament despite the loss in the final. Misbah is the find of the tournament. It is rare to see a clean hitter like Misbah in the game. He has batted brilliantly and I think we have got a good player to be a part of the team’s middle-order.”

He also termed Sohail Tanvir as the find of the tournament.
“He is the surprise of the tournament. The way he played in his first ever tournament gives the impression that there is a lot of potential in him to become an international star.”

Lawson said watching Sohail hit two sixes was indeed breathtaking.
“If he can hit the ball with such a force and without any prior warm up I think he could get a lot better in days to come as he is just 23 years old,”
he said.

He also praised Umar Gul’s bowling and said he has emerged as the main strike bowler for Pakistan.
“Gul is genuinely quick and is our main strike bowler.”

Lawson also praised Shoaib Malik captaincy.
“Malik has handled the team very well on the field and the way he took the pressure was a creditable thing.”

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