Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket

Breaking/Brief news

    May 22, 2006

    Another yorker from Harsha

    'Rigid about flexibility' is a very interesting phrase Harsha had used to talk about an aspect of concern in this cricinfo talk, focussed around the hot ODI winning stream that the team is currently on. And this phrase is exactly what came to my mind when I saw Pathan walk out at number 3 in the second match. As also pointed out by various commentors in this and some forums, the match situation was probably not one to require a 'hitter' (Pathan, while not being a 'pinch-hitter' is still a hitter, floater etc at 3 rather than a regular) at that stage. Especially when the next in line was someone like Yuvraj who has all the gears.

    I realise that the purpose of Pathan at the point was the 'break the game open', as they say, and let the regulars take it from there on. It has been a successful strategy for India in recent times. But every strategy, even a successful one, especially if it has to be flexible, as the team management often repeats, needs to be analysed anew in each new situation. We had hardly chased an underpar total in the recent past, and there is a valid argument for reverting to conservatism (or orthodoxy, if you will) as part of the same flexibility.

    It's probably overanalyzing what essentially was just one game, but I would still like to watch out for the direction the new established mantra of 'flexibiltiy' takes.

    And just to add a twist of irony to the proceedings, now I wouldn't really be all pleased to see Pathan not walk out at 3 next time around, because that would signal to me that the team management is taking a reactive approach! remember the much crucial point from Harsha..."rigid about flexibility" - I have a feeling we'd be revisiting this one.
    Thus spake worma @ 8:47 pm |
    Did you like the post? [ Subscribe to the blog feed - Blog Feed | | ]

    0 sledge(s):

    We'd prefer if you posted comments with your real name to add more credibility to your opinions. However, the moderators reserve the right to delete comments, especially those containing offensive or unsuitable language. The opinions in the comments are your own views. You are welcome to provide a URL to your own cricket blog, but the moderators reserve the right to delete comments which only reference sites for viewing live streams.

    Post a Comment

    Links within entries open in a new window. Some of the links may now be broken/not take you to the expected report since the original content providers may have archived/removed the contents. Some of the sites linked may require registration/subscription.
    All opinions expressed are those of the authors alone. The authors' respective employers (past, present or future) are in no way connected to the opinions expressed here.
    All pictures, photographs used are copyrights of the original owners. We do not intend to infringe on any copyright. Pictures and photographs are used here to merely accentuate and enhance the content value to our readers.

    Powered by Blogger Locations of visitors to this page
    RSS Feed - RSS Feed

    Contact us
    cricket24x7 at gmail dot com
    cricket24x7 at yahoo dot com

    How Cricket 24x7 started

    The squad
    When is a surprise no longer a surprise?
    Tour updates
    Inspite of Kaif...
    India-WI, ODI1: Result - Kaif made runs
    Rahul Dravid is officially awesome
    Not so clever
    You takes what you gets
    Cricinfo search sucks
    Green top in Jamaica?
    That twenty wicket chant again!

    RHS navbar photo source - Tc7

    Partnership between

    Creative Commons License
    Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket by V Ganesh & S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.