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Pakistan a paradox, says Charlesworth

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 00:02 IST
Ric Charlesworth

Pakistan are a paradox who can lose to unheralded teams and upset top sides in their day, feels legendary hockey player and current Australian coach Ric Charlesworth.

Australia came back from one-goal down and scored a late winner in their 2-1 win over Pakistan and Charlesworth said he was not surprised by Pakistan’s performance as they are always a tough team to beat.

“When I analyse the statistics of the Pool B, I noticed that Pakistan has done very well. They had even beaten a strong Spain. But it is a paradox they can lose to a weak team and can do really well against a top side,” Charlesworth said after the match.

“I know they lost to South Africa but that was due to 15 minutes of madness. I think Pakistan will lose once in 20 matches to South Africa. Against India two penalty corner shots hit the crossbar and just three centimetres below would have been goals,” the Australian said.