Razzaq’s return worked wonders
It was always a case of getting the balance right for Younis Khan and with the return of Abdul Razzaq, a lot of his problems were solved as he could keep Umar Gul for the second half.india Updated: Jun 23, 2009 00:23 IST
A lot of people may have been surprised to see Pakistan finish on top of the world but that sort of puzzles me. After all they were finalists in the inaugural Word T20 as well. Yes, they were a bit rusty coming into the tournament but that also meant they were fresh and hungry for success. Also this Pakistan team is experienced in terms of batting.
It was always a case of getting the balance right for Younis Khan and with the return of Abdul Razzaq, a lot of his problems were solved as he could keep Umar Gul for the second half. Spinners Saeed Ajmal, whose doosra was hardly picked, and Shahid Afridi, were consistent right through the tournament.
In fact it was the two sides whose bowling grew from strength to strength that played the final, showing that bowlers do have a part to play in T20. Batsmen will continue to win you more games but the bowlers are no longer mere props. Of course, batsmen have come up with innovations, like the scoop executed by Tillakaratne Dilshan.
His early dismissal in the final hit the Lankans hard. Kumar Sangakkara played a captain's knock and with Angelo Mathews did manage to take his side to a respectable total.
It always was an uphill task though, more so when Pakistan got to nearly 50 without losing a wicket.
For me the finds of the tournament were Lendl Simmons, the West Indian top-order batsman and Wayne Parnell, the young South African quick. Add Dilshan's consistency, Ajmal's guile and Gul's great run, and the tournament can be termed an unqualified success.
First Published: Jun 23, 2009 00:21 IST