When is a surprise no longer a surprise?
When Irfan Pathan bats at #3 in games one
, it really is no surprise at all. After all, he has batted in the top five
in 12 of his last 18 one-day innings, starting from the first game against Sri Lanka at Nagpur
Unless of course, you reckon that sending him in at #3 is no longer meant to be a surprise move. Is sending him at #3 the factor which provides the batting line-up the extra flexibility? I'm tempted to think that it isn't the reason. The fact is that he can
bat. So why not use him as the other floater, interchangeably and in tandem with Dhoni? Mahendra Singh Dhoni
has batted 14 out of 21 times at positions #6 and below
since that Nagpur game. Perhaps it is time for Dhoni to come up the order and Pathan to bat with the tail. Dhoni is far more likely to win a game with the bat than Pathan. It therefore implies, in my opinion, that he should have the advantage of batting with the top order.
A thought in passing though - How exactly is it an advantage to bat with this top order