Sydney: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who felt tortured after dropping a catch of explosive West Indian Chris Gayle, was happy to make for his bad miss as he dramatically pushed Australia into the Super Eights of the World Twenty20 tournament.
Some brutal batting by Watson and an unexpected downpour made up for his missed catch, providing an epic victory to Australia, and winning the Australian batsman his second Man of the Match title.
“[It] was very disappointing but in the end, to be able to make up for it in some way with the bat especially, it never makes it feel any better but at least we were more chance of winning the game anyway,” Watson was quoted as saying in an interview.
“I know how much of a difference it makes to our team to everyone, if were able to get Chris Gayle out. No doubt I was certainly feeling that pain until I was able to get him out but in the meantime he had done a fair bit of damage and gave a lot of momentum to the West Indian side,” he added.
Watson claimed that there are many ‘turning points’ in the game which might have altered the course of events in the match, but said that it was sheer luck that his dropped catch eventually culminated in a superb win for Australia.
“There are turning moments in a game. My dropped catch of Chris Gayle certainly turned it towards the West Indies` favour. Unfortunately dropped catches can turn events. I was lucky it was my turn when I was batting,” he added.
First Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012, 10:38