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Friday, September 02, 2005

Beleaguered batsman's story

No, not about Ganguly, this one's on Hayden :-) Here he speaks out on what he believes is right and wrong, and how he intends to tackle it. He also feels that there are too many advises on techniques, while the solution lies in the mind. People have done a lot of analysis but I don't think it's an analysis thing. It may come down to how mentally sharp you are feeling - I feel fine - but I don't believe it's technique.

Also about long term changes "I can't change, particularly not in the middle of a series. I'm not saying that in the long term I couldn't touch some things up.

But this one's funny "I just wouldn't want to play like Geoff Boycott and take all the shots out of our game. Geoffrey won't be amused !

In such situations, how often we find good players backing their natural style, often rightly so, because that's what helped them reach where they did. And this reminds me, once again, of what Sachin Tendulkar is capable of achieving as a technical batsman. He cut down his natural style in Sydney to the effect of 240 n.o. runs. For those of you not aware, go check out his wagon wheel of that innings here and notice his low percentage of runs on the off side.

Not that this if the first time he has changed his game, or dropped a particular shot, to suit the game situation and the demands of body.


  • Would have liked it much better if he had let his bat do all this talk. Agreed that Boycott is not fun to watch, but this kind of talk just attracts more attention.
    Looks like he is preparing himself for the "Foot in mouth" award for the series.

    By Blogger whoami, at 19:13  

  • I think he tried to make his bat talk...damn thing lost its tongue it seems :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 19:27  

  • Prem,

    Was Geoffrey Boycott as slow as they say he was, batting wise? Did he also not play any shots?

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 00:01  

  • rishi,

    Trust me, boycott was only rivalled by folks like Chris Tavare, Chris Broad (to some extend) and the son of Pankaj Roy (Prannoy Roy) that opened for india in a few test matches, i think. They supposedly played text book cricket, but i bet that it was one boring text book. :) Sunil Gavaskar was technically good and was interesting to watch at the same time, especially those bowlers back hand drives and the cover drives were a treat..

    By Blogger whoami, at 01:30  

  • Bloggers for SightScreen,

    I have a request. Could the bloggers name/nick be put at the head of the post . I think it would just be better in the long run.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 01:53  

  • whoami

    Ur list of slow coaches is perfect Boycott, Tavare, Broad and Prannoy Roy were front foot blockers of great repute but along with them Anshuman Gaekwad and Yashpal Sharma also deserve to be in the Hall of fame, it would be a tragedy if Gaekwad and Sharma are not included.


    By Blogger Bedoon_Esam, at 07:16  

  • Even though Boycott is painfully slow and boring for all of us today, I am sure there must have been a time when it was accepted as normal. I think I do remember how he was made to sit out of atest after a double hundred(!!) and I heard the reason to be "slow batting". I have no idea if it is true though.
    I am sure 10 years down the line, people might see the current set of great performers as out-of-date in their style.

    By Blogger Toney, at 07:49  

  • i agree with rishi raja...please highlight someway whose blog it is. frankly only reason I come here is to read prem and not worma sharma etc...sorry folks nothing personal

    By Blogger tombaan, at 08:14  

  • Boycott was so painfully slow even when the team needed a little bit of fast scoring that once Brearley (ENg captain) asked Botham (who was going in after the fall of a wicket) to get Boycs run out, which he dutifully did.

    By Blogger cdewsxvfr, at 09:51  

  • I also remember Boycott once taking England to a victory against WI at a canter. Sobers declared with less than 200 to win and Boycott scored those runs quite freely and quickly. So I guess he had the ability to play his strokes but thought he should play a "more mature and responsible role in the team" leaving the swash buckling knocks to the youngsters. :-)

    By Blogger vshan, at 03:43  

  • Yeah - got the link - http://ind.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1960S/1967-68/ENG_IN_WI/ENG_WI_T4_14-19MAR1968.html

    Check it out. Boycott and Cowdrey (the latter was also a painfully slow batsman) take England to victory at 4 rpo - unbelievable those days especially from these two guys.

    By Blogger vshan, at 03:52  

  • Yeah rite. Things do get Obsolete and out dated early these days. So will be the Batsmen of our times.All the Batsmen mentioned above were slow alrite , but like somebody mentioned they must have played the innings of their life someday which gave their team the victory. Anshuman Gaekwad played the innings of his life against the west-indies when he faced the fastest bowlers on earth. It is said that he was all black and blue after that courageous innings.

    By Blogger Vijayendra, at 23:55  

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