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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Powering up Bajji

The offie apparently doesn't like powerplays. Curiously enough, he's done superbly well this series -- both when he had to bowl during a power play, and when he was brought on after the field spread. Not very sure where he is coming from on this.


  • Well, that may be one of the reasons why he was the last bowler Sehwag brought on today when we were very close to the 20th over mark. I think Bhajji bowled the 19th over. I read this somewhere else too that he's reluctant to bowl during the PP.

    By Blogger Jai, at 12:53  

  • Prem, what's your take on Sehwag's captaincy today? What diiferences did you notice (good & bad) compared to that of Rahul?

    By Blogger Jai, at 12:55  

  • Just because Harbhajan has been successful during Power Plays doesn't mean he has to like them! From the report, he seems to indicate his awareness of days when things won't go his way. And basically he's talking about the general trend where almost every new rule in ODIs is more in favor of the batsman than the bowler. That's why I don't watch ODIs anymore; they've become so commercial that it's like watching "Chariots of Fire" in place of the Olympics!

    As a bowler, he needs some options to win his battle against the bat and one of those is field placement. The new rules constrain him, but not the batsman. How fair is that?

    By Blogger justanydesi, at 12:56  

  • My thinking on PP is this: the fielding captain (first inning) should have the right to use PP 2 and 3 or not use them. This will give the side bowling first a lot of options.
    The second fielding side has to use the same number of PP as the first team. This will give more options to the team fielding first and also give the bowlers some respite. In its current form, PP is more of an advantage to the batsman as they get 20 overs instead of 15.

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:02  

  • Are you sure that he does not like PP? Do we 'get that' from the report or is it just the MSM trying to come up with a 'good headline'?

    By Blogger @mit, at 14:00  

  • jai: Saw some similarities; like Rahul, VS seemed willing to bring the field in, focus on stopping singles (I keep harping on this because this has been our single biggest defect in the field in the past -- too many easy singles, releasing the pressure even when a side had lost wickets). He seemed happy attacking -- for one thing, I liked the confidence of going in with five bowlers on a batting track, and stating at the toss that that he had the bowling strength and was intending to attack the batting -- again, faced with a batting pitch, we have, like most teams, tended to think the game is reduced to seeing which team can put up more runs; this came as a very refreshing change. Against that, I thought Rahul was better at rotating bowlers than Viru was; RD's idea of very short spells for most of his bowlers is a ploy I would like to see continued as often as necessary/possible. Overall, I don't think there were too many differences, really -- you could reach, and say RD seemed to be more of a bustling presence in the field than the more laid back Viru, but that really is reaching, if a guy gets the job done, it shouldn't matter whether he does it from one place, or by running up and down all the time. Hopefully, it is understood that all this is based on just the one outing? I didn't count the other game, where he led in the field, because there is a difference in waking up knowing you are leading, and being thrust into the position in mid-game.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:27  

  • Prem
    What do u think about my idea on Powerplays?

    By Blogger Prabu, at 14:41  

  • one good thing with viru's captaincy was he looked much more relaxed than RD (atleast looked so) and had a slip for the spinners all the time. I still feel than bhaji is not bowling his best and its time he starts thinking wickets.

    By Blogger Ragav, at 17:00  

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