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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What can the captain do?

Ravi asks the question that invariably gets asked: What can you do if your bowlers give it away?

Let me see -- without being the 'most successful captain of all time' I and several others on this blog suggested that slowing the game down by introducing spin was the best option... this, 12 overs before SG thought of it.

Spin was finally introduced. Wicket fell. Suggested the power play be introduced. It was not, and for six overs, while India bowled tight at both ends, no power play. Then the power play was introduced -- and the bowler who bowled 4 overs for 12 runs and two wickets was taken off, the most expensive bowler was given the ball back, and went for 9. Which was too little, so next time, another bowler was given the ball -- not the successful one, mind -- and he went for 14.

Let me see, at the end of 24 overs, India were 153/1. New Zealand at that point were 139/2. Thanks to all those shenanigans, intelligent bowling changes et al, at the end of the 29th over India were 170/3. And surprise, surprise, New Zealand had climbed back to 170/2.

Enough said?


  • Prem,

    Hindsight is 20/20.

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 10:35  

  • On that hindsight note, you do not have to believe me, but when Kaif was batting towards teh fag end of the Indian innings, it was quite clear that the pitch was getting slower, shot making was getting increasingly difficult... and I was thinking what if our 5 bowlers for today are: JPY, SG, HS, VS and YS? Just because AN and IP are in the team, it does not automatically mean they get to bowl...

    By Blogger cdewsxvfr, at 10:38  

  • Prem,

    Intelligent captaincy doesn't win you matches...setting the toughest of tasks for your best bowlers of the day is what captaincy is all abt...otherwise how will these best bowlers develop 'character' and 'self-belief'?? :))

    By Blogger rp, at 10:38  

  • Hey that’s unfair all of us and prem have been harping about these things as and when they happened. Its not hind sight, but simple sight, if someone like dada today has become blind what can we do

    By Blogger Avinash, at 10:38  

  • Prem,
    It's obvious that Ganguly was not comfortable using spinners from both ends during powerplay. Whether the spinners would have been successful during powerplay, it's debatable.

    By Blogger Jai, at 10:39  

  • Now Raina drops a sitter.

    By Blogger Jai, at 10:41  

  • So much for raina's great fielding skills, also I knew bhajji could change a match in a single spell, never wished it this way. 3 overs and 32 runs on a turning track when part timers are bowling so well. Even considering the drop by raina match was over by the start of this spell

    By Blogger Avinash, at 10:43  

  • cdewsxvfr,

    JP and SG aren't spinners. JP went for 14 in one over. Now dont tell me that pacers should go for 8 an over on a slow pitch. Bhajji just went for 6 !! .

    Bowlers have to bowl well, period. And I am no supporter of Gangs,IMO He is done, but today it wasn't his fault.

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 10:44  

  • Prem, with due respect to your opinions but tell me dont u think bowlers have to do their job?

    Righto when u said spinner are best bat over here then what can u say about Harbhajan's last over where he went for 17 runs!! .
    Dont tell me it was again captain's fault of giving him ball to bowl in slog overs...please please please spare a thought for captain as well...

    All of our frontline bowlers are so un-reliable that a captain cant do anything else but to give them an over to see.

    I dont understand why like the STAR NEWS "MATCH KA MUJRIM KAUN"
    Everybody here also run behing ganguly when the main culprits are the bowlers today, who are so unreliable.

    No hard feelings..but I feel this is unfair.

    By Blogger Medium_Fast_LegSpin, at 10:48  

  • Comeon Guys! Since Dravid droped a catch. its Ganguly's fault again, since he placed Dravid on the Fence.

    By Blogger Medium_Fast_LegSpin, at 10:56  

  • Prem is absolutely right. Amateurish captaincy by Ganguly. Taibu would have had more sense. Why the hell wasnt the field in with 19 to win in 4 overs? The powerplay usage? Hilarious!

    And bad timing to lose your contact lenses too...
    hooo boy, how will Raina live that one down.

    By Blogger Dhruv Deepak, at 11:15  

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    By Blogger jgohil, at 15:42  

  • the ganguly blame game continues...oh now you want dravid to be the captain, when he failed so poorly in the last few games?

    Prem: When to use powerplay or when not to, was an instinctive decision. You can judge a captain by sitting in your comfortable chair in NYC, but if you are on the field your decisions would be something else. India was going for runs in any case and he took a gamble to introduce powerplay and bring on the bowler and it didnt work. So what you do is criticize? as usual. Sometimes the tactics work and sometimes it does. It was a gamble that didnt pay off.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 15:43  

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