'Our middle-order has to fire’

Updated on Nov 26, 2007 11:49 PM IST

Pakistan are not a team to be jolted by a defeat. Instead of brooding over the reasons for the loss at Ferozeshah Kotla, the players chose to get on with life, reports Anam Arsalan.

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Hindustan Times | ByAnam Arsalan, New Delhi

Pakistan are not a team to be jolted by a defeat. Instead of brooding over the reasons for the loss at Ferozeshah Kotla, the players chose to get on with life.

While some opted to play football, fast bowler Umar Gul — out with an injury — tried to regain his rhythm under the supervision of coach Geoff Lawson.

“He is doing fine,” said Lawson about Gul. Commenting on the defeat, he said, “There is not much difference between the two teams, but our middle order didn’t fire.

“Both Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan are class players. They know how to go about their business, but it was disappointing the way they performed.”

On their chances in the Kolkata Test, the Aussie said, “India have quality players and it will be the middle-order that will decide which side will win. It’s going to be very difficult, but we have no option but to fight back.”

Lawson was all praise for Misbah-ul-Haq. “After a slow start, he has grown into a genuine Test player. Misbah was ill throughout the match and still he performed. That showed his class.”

On debutant Sohail Tanvir’s performance, he remarked: “He is a good all-rounder. I am happy with the way he bowled, but his batting disappointed me. Sohail has scored centuries in first class games.”

As was wont, Shoaib Akhtar’s name popped up during the conversation. “He is bowling very fast and that’s great considering he was making a comeback,” said Lawson.

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