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Aussies are physically strong: Anwar

Published: Sunday, January 30, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
 
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Pakistan's dynamic opening batsman, Saeed Anwar is a clean striker of the ball and is good on both sides of the wicket. He is recognised as one of the best batsmen in present day cricket.

Q. Did you feel threatened when Sachin Tendulkar was about to break your record against New Zealand at Hyderabad ?
A. Yes, I was following the score. But my 194 can be broken anyday. Records are meant to be broken. I am aware of that. So, I am not threatened at all. Sir Gary Sobers, Hanif Mohammed's record has been broken. Who am I?


Q. After scoring that epic innings at Chennai you told that you would like to break your own record?
A. I have a target of scoring 200 runs in a one day match. I feel on a good batting wicket a good batsman can score 200 runs.

Q. Why did Pakistan fare so badly in the Test Series against Australia ?
A. I guess there were flaws in our preparation for the tour. We had not planned properly on how to tackle the Aussies. They are a strong team who are stronger at home. I think our bowlers were not able to do as well as expected. The batsman did a fair job with myself, Ijaz and Yousuf Youhanna got a century each.

Q. Any other basic difference ?
A. The Aussies are physically strong. That has played a major role. We look tired after a day's play. But they look fresh. If anyone is tired, he just cannot perform according to his potential.

Q. Australia is projecting Glen McGrath as the number one bowler of the world. Do you agree ?
A. McGrath is a much improved bowler. He is so persistent that he can tire the batsman. He really bowled well against Pakistan and India. He is an extremely consistent and steady bowler, very incisive. He has different plans for different batsmen. He did not bowl a single delivery to my leg stump in the Test series. He knows my plus points also. I must confess, he is a very, very steady bowler.

Q. Are you interested in the captain's job?
A. Any Pakistani captain will have to bear a lot of pressure. I had the opportunity to lead Pakistan for a brief period. Could not enjoy the stint as I would have liked to. That does not mean that I will not accept if offered. Right now Wasim Akram is doing a great job.

Q. The relation between India and Pakistan team was not great in this tri-series?
A. I would say it was not a major problem. Believe me, we enjoy a very good relation with the Indians.

Q. Why do you think that the Indian performance in Australia was such a debacle?
A. I suppose the Indian batsmen could not adapt to the conditions here. You cannot win by depending on just one batsman. Sachin is the best batsman in the world. But you cannot expect him to win each and every match that they play. I am surprised that the other Indian batsman could not perform upto the standards. You may have more class players, but you need to prepare for your tours. We came first for the Tests, they should have watched our matches and noted the important points. But it seems that they did not do that.

Q. Will Pakistan be able to turn around the World Cup loss in the tri-series final?
A. We would definitely try. At the same time I must confess that they have been playing better cricket in this tournament. But anything can happen in the finals. We will do our best.

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