Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Batting Powerplay

How many teams have put the batting powerplay to good use? Hmmm..very few..Batting powerplay has more often than not actually worked against the batting team.Teams have gone for glory and have eventually ended up losing wickets. In the recent India vs SA match where we won by a run, SA batting powerplay was the turning point!!

Most of the teams take the batting powerplay after 34 overs when the ball is changed. In an effort to up the ante batsmen actually throw away their wickets. I have seen a few matches where the batsmen have maintained a steady run rate of 5-6 till they take the batting powerplay. But they were unable to consolidate from that position. Mistimed shots trying to clear the inner circle, slog shots and premeditated shots caused the downfall.

With the world cup round the corner, teams will be mulling over when to actually take the batting powerplay. Should they take between 16-20,34-39, 46-50? It depends on a number of factors like wickets in hand, projected score, current batsmen at the crease,strike rate of lower order batsmen etc., If you have guys like yusuf pathan who can clear the boundary with effortless ease, there is no point in taking the powerplay during the death overs. My strategy would be to take it during 16-20 overs if you are couple of wickets down at max. If things go according to plan, run rate will shoot up. Incase if you lose a wicket, batsmen have to switch to safe mode and attack at the end of the innings.

Indian team has been specifically poor in making use of the batting powerplay. I remember one instance when Sachin took the powerplay at the 28th over vs Aussies. Aussies were caught unawares;we ended up making full use of the power play and eventually went on to win the match. This is only of the very very few instances where india made use of the powerplay effectively. On most occasions our batting powerplay has been characterized by the loss of wickets. India’s success in 3rd batting powerplay will be one of the deciding factors in the coming edition of the world cup. Ideally we should be taking the powerplay when we have well set batsmen at the crease who can play proper cricketing shotsWe should try to find the gaps instead of clearing the infield.With the likes of Pathan and Dhoni there is no use of delaying the powerplay till the end.

Let’s wait and watch in how many matches it will rain 4s and 6s!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

60 odd minutes

Last time it happened was on Feb 14 2010. Its the annual online catch up among BVB guys. A bunch of v.v.s. guys. If I look back and feel happy about where I am now, these guys definitely need a special mention. 8/30 guys in my class made it to PSG. Impressive strike rate!!

The conference happened today thanks to Abdul and Sundi. Sundi sent out his marriage invite without changing the subject of last year's email I sent out to the guys for the conference call. Mr.Abdul saw only the subject and never read the contents. He was eagerly waiting to talk to my batchmates. I dint want to disappoint him. Google docs made my job easier to create a poll and ask for a convenient date and time for the next call. We decided to have the call on Jan-16.

I took a ten minutes stroll from my home to Sundi's new home. We logged into skype around 10:45 a.m. The call was scheduled at 11 a.m. Only Sankar was online. Thats typical of our guys. They never keep up their time :) I called up Srini's mom.Srini was still asleep!! Then i buzzed Badri. He said,”Machi..Skype la account balance over. Have to find another account”(I was wondering why this guy needs account balance to login..). Thats Badri for u..As sundi and I were having a chat with Sankar, Hari and Vatsa joined. Hari was trouble shooting with Badri to help him login. Even we had to help him out to install a new version of skype :-) After he joined, he kept boasting about his relocation to Newyork city. He was staying in a kook-gramam(very remote village) until now.

Abdul slept at 5.am in the morning(tats saturday night party effect) and woke up at 11 after i gave him a ring. Badri in the meantime managed to login and was attending the call from his bathroom..lol..soon we were joined by Dinesh(a.k.a goali), Eshwar,Srini n Chari.Abdul was having a tough time sorting out the issue with his mic. His effort was invain till the end of the call.His mic ended up making mysterious sounds.

Everyone wished Sundi who will be losing his Bachelor's degree next week. We discussed about our batchmates(that will include a few girls ofcourse!!),shared what each one was doing and after chit chatting for around one hour we decided to end the call. We missed Adit,Maddy,Rossy,Rajesh,vivek,kushy,venkat,shekar,rams,varun n vicky who werent able to turn up.Hopefully next time we will have more folks.

Srini,Chari,Eshwar and Suraj joined us in person. Sundi n suraj showed us their engagement albums. It was a nice way to end my pongal vacation.. Love you guys..Stay in touch.