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Thursday, September 22, 2005

A job half done

A point in Harsha Bhogle's match report of the final day of the second Test (must find out what the deuce he's doing writing match reports, anyways) merits thought:
It was quite a contrast from the rest of the tour where India caught brilliantly behind the stumps. But this morning India seemed to relax, believing that the match was over when there was still some mopping up to do. And, as a result, they looked ugly.

If a coach were drawing up a checklist of 'action points', as management types call them, this has to be up top somewhere: The team, and its individual components, tend to relax before the job is really done. Hence the sight of batsmen, with the bowling at their mercy, playing silly shots and getting out; bowlers misplacing their radar and allowing the middle and tail to maul them after slicing through the top order; fielders dropping catches like the ball was molten lead.
Against Zimbabwe, that led to a potential innings victory being converted into a 10-wicket one; against more quality opposition, it could be a game gone.

2 Comments:

  • Prem,
    I couldn't agree more. There were plenty of opprtunities to roll Zimbabwe out for under a 100 in this series. However, once the top order was dismissed for next to nothing, the lower order would inevitably build the total against a bowling side that seems to lose the pep they initially begin the innings with. This is highly frustrating, as one would expect the exact opposite reaction with bowlers and fielders getting a rush of adrenalin with each falling wicket. Not to mention the inability of the batting lineup to really turn the screw after getting off to flyers. The scoring rate seems to dip when it ought to be rising, and most batsmen seem to be playing to prove a point (i.e. justify theor place in the side). Certainly hope Chappell can inject some confidence, even cockiness, along with discipline back into Indian cricket. Maybe then the players will learn that when you have a team 41-5, you ought to try to get them out for less than a 100. It is no good being satisfied with restricting a team to a total less than 200. And when you are 300-3, the batsmen should be looking to accelerate the scoring rate, not consolidating the position so we only have to bat once! That is the type of negative thought process that turns victories into draws.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 19:55  

  • Thanks for link to Harsha's article. This blog is a must to find interesting links.
    And about the comment on match report - Does Harsha's piece look like a match report? It did not
    talk about what a good shot, this, that and the other that you could find in Prem's report from olden days.
    It looked like a opinionated column than a plain report.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 21:51  

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