Sri Lanka have taken their World Cup revenge: Geoff Lawson

Geoff Lawson says India can draw a lot of positives from their otherwise disastrous Australian tour AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Mar 3, 2012

Former Australia cricketer Geoff Lawson feels Sri Lanka have avenged their 2011 World Cup final loss against India, by getting rid of them in the ongoing CB Series after clinching a thriller against Australia on Friday.

However, he points out that MS Dhoni s men can take home positives aplenty despite the failure Down Under.

“I was expecting good cricket in the CB Series. Australia are always strong at home, and you had the two World Cup finalists (in India and Sri Lanka). It was always going to come down to the last game. Sri Lanka have got revenge for their World Cup loss to India. They must be thrilled about that.”

“But, India must not feel disheartened because they played some good cricket towards the latter stages of the series. The likes of Kohlis, Gambhirs, Dhonis and Praveen Kumars will be crucial in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. This tournament was a great advertisement for one-day cricket,” Lawson told MiD DAY.

Lawson said he feels for David Hussey, who struck 74 for Australia on Friday. “David is a very fine player. He’s had to wait so many years to cement his place in the side. It must have been tough to end up on the losing side despite playing such a knock,” he said of Hussey, who finished as the leading run-getter with 412 runs in the round robin stage.

The former Pakistan coach showered praises on a resurgent Sri Lankan side for bouncing back after two opening losses. “I saw their opening two games at Perth (Feb 8 and Feb 10) when they started out poorly. I had a feeling they would bounce back strongly. They are a very proud side, and weren’t going to just sit back and relax. I knew that Lasith Malinga would bounce back after Hobart (when he conceded 96 runs from 7.4 overs against India). They have beaten Australia three times in a row, so the finals series could go either way,” he commented.

Meanwhile, Lawson supported the Indian selectors’ decision to include Sachin Tendulkar in the Asia Cup squad. “He played really well in the Test series. Though he couldn’t get his hundred, I enjoyed his batting all through the summer. Maybe, he can take some rest after a long tour of Australia. If there was one batsman in world cricket who deserves to be given that license to retire whenever, it’s Tendulkar. He’s still one of the best.”