'I'd try that shot again'

Misbah-ul Haq's infamous scoop shot may have cost Pakistan the T20 World Cup but he would not hesitate to play that shot again.

updated: November 05, 2007 08:47 IST
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New Delhi:

Misbah-ul Haq's infamous scoop shot may have cost Pakistan the Twenty20 cricket World Cup but the middle order batsman says he would not hesitate to play the stroke again.

Misbah scooped a Joginder Sharma delivery at short fine leg which fell in the hands of S Sreesanth when Pakistan needed six runs off four balls with one wicket in hand during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

"I will have no problem playing that shot again. You may get out on your favourite shot, batsmen also get out while playing cut and drive," Misbah said in a media interaction in New Delhi.

"You have to have the confidence of playing that shot again," he added.

Asked why did he scoop the ball at such a crucial juncture, Misbah said he misread the trajectory of the delivery.

"I thought it might be a four but the trajectory of that ball was a bit high. It was a bit slow," he said and admitted that "it took me a long time to overcome what happened thereafter in the T20 final".

Misbah, who is known for keeping calm under pressure situations, said his role in the one-day team would change a bit.

"My role will be a bit different with senior players like Younis and Yousuf in the team. It might be a bit different but I'll have to keep the rate of the scoring under pressure situation. Pressure will be the main thing," Misbah said.

The 33-year-old player is on his first trip to India and feels performing well against the hosts would add to his new-found fame.

"Any player who does well against India gets instant recognition as playing against them is always special considering the build-up," he said.

"I hope to carry the momentum of my fine form in the Twenty20 World Cup against them," he added.

The late-bloomer idolises former skipper Inzamam-ul Haq and says he wants to model himself on him.

"I have always followed Inzamam a lot. As a batsman I want to be a finisher like him and win matches for my country," he said.