25 October, 2020

Theory Of Class

Innovative techniques and specialist cricketers with allotted roles can only go that far. Talent is what really counts.

Theory Of Class

A delicious anticipation surrounds the World Cup about to be staged in the UK. All the old, classic questions are being floated again— should we fill our side with all-rounders? Should we send in pinch-hitters to open the batting? But international selection boards really should have no problems about the composition of their sides. Surely our countries play so much one-day cricket that everyone’s mind is made up. For a game that’s played over just fifty overs, it is simply a matter of getting the right balance from the available talent.

Remember how we saw New Zealand in the early ’90s open the batting with Greatbatch, the big left-hander who came out whacking the ball over the ring of fielders who were not allowed out of the circle until fifteen overs had been bowled. Then they had the effrontery to open the bowling with slow off - spin ! Dipak Patel trundled off - spinners and did it very economically too. Let’s go back further to India at Lord ’s in ’83. Everyone left the g round that day claiming to have...



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