Shane Watson has been Australia’s stand-out performer so far in the ongoing World T20 Championship. The all-rounder is in tremendous form both with the bat and ball, having played crucial role in Australia’s two classy Super Eight victories.
The Kangaroos have already secured their place in the semi-final, with their final Super Eight match against Pakistan taking place on Tuesday.
The Green Shirts are in do-or-die situation, as they will have to win the final encounter in order to stay alive in the tournament.
Admitting the fact that Watson will be the biggest threat in the crucial game, Pakistan’s coach Dav Whatmore joked that his side will either have to poison the all-rounder’s food or hope for his poor day in the field.
"May be we need to poison his food. Jokes apart, he is a human being and we hope he would make mistakes," said Whatmore after Pakistan’s campaign went haywire following a crushing loss to India last night.
The Cornered Tigers suffered a humiliating loss at the hands of India on Sunday evening. Batting first, the Men in Green could only achieve a total of 128, which India overhauled comprehensively. Thanks to Virat Kohli’s splendid half-century, MS Dhoni and
company won the game with ease.
Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez conceded that losing wickets at regular intervals hurt Pakistan badly. He said after the game:
"We wanted to play positive cricket but lost wickets at regular intervals. We thought that we would set a target of around 160 which would have been a good total but it didn’t happen."
"Credit to Kohli for playing such a fantastic innings. I guess he is in the form of his life as I haven’t seen anyone play better than him," he added.
While Pakistan’s camp is taking Watson as the main danger, the all-rounder himself is pretty modest with his present form. He shared after another match-winning show against South Africa on Sunday:
"Nice to be able to continue to play well. I know how important my role is. It’s still a hell of a long way to go and I want to continue."