Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Welcome on board Mr.Lawson

Get ready for the new fast and furious. With Pakistan appointing Geoff Lawson, former Australian fast bowler, their new coach; we can expect the old ghosts to haunt us again. Pakistan has produced some illustrious fast bowlers over a period with names like Sarfraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram (the greatest left-arm fast bowler ever to play the game), Mohd. Asif and Shoaib Akhtar. The list keeps on adding every year. I always wondered the way Pakistan excavated high-quality fast bowlers at will and at regular intervals. It is a no brainer for us to think what their toe-crushing yorkers or their bouncers did to our batsmen.

Lately, with the exception of Mohd. Asif the Pakistan bowlers had ceased to pose any threat to any of our batsmen. They were nowhere near the class of the earlier mentioned crop, neither they had the tenacity to work hard and come out stronger. However, with Lawson at the helm of affairs, Indian batsmen's nightmares resurface again. They would also want to take their protective gear out and start practice facing yorkers and bouncers. Irrespective of nationality, and thinking purely in terms of cricket, there is no better sight in world cricket than a tear away fast bowler up against the best batsmen with speed, accuracy and hostility. The sight of flaying bails and walking stumps does not get any better. Bring it on, Mr. Lawson.

About Pakistan's new coach: Geoff Lawson has a histroy of working with bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken. He has mentored Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh when he was captaining New South Wales team. A brief coaching stint again with New South Wales from 1995-1997, saw the team finish on fifth and third position. Lawson is a qualified level 3 coach.


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