A nervous Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke said he couldn’t watch Mike Hussey’s heroics in the last over of the World Twenty20 championship semi-final against Pakistan at St. Lucia’s Beausejour cricket stadium on Friday.
Clarke spent his time in the dugout biting his nails.
Needing 18 off the last over to pass Pakistan’s 6-191, Hussey hit two sixes, a four and another six from consecutive balls to deliver Australia a spot in the final against England in Barbados.
“I enjoy biting my nails when I’m nervous I guess. I couldn’t watch the last over. I watched the first ball when Mitchell Johnson got a single. Then I’ve gone back into the change rooms. I heard loud cheers,” The Herald Sun quoted Clarke, as saying.
“I knew it was a six and then another six and I thought oh my God, what is going on out there? I was too nervous. I couldn’t watch,” he said.
Hussey said he had a fairly simple game plan in the final over.
“Just try to slog every ball for six. I knew he (spinner Saeed Ajmal) would probably try to spear a few fast yorkers in. If he got them right then I don’t think there’s too much I could have done. Thankfully he probably just missed his length a little bit,” Hussey said.
“I don’t know what I was saying to myself. It’s all a bit of a blur. I was just saying please this last ball, please come out of the middle. I just wanted to feel what it felt like. I didn’t know what it was going to feel like and it’s an absolutely amazing feeling.
“It’s the best feeling you can ever have, to hit the winning runs for your country, particularly in such a big game as a semi-final. I’m so happy and it was great to see the elation on all the other boys’ faces. We’re so excited to be in the final,” Hussey added.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis refused to blame his bowlers for letting the game get away from them. (ANI)