Monday, October 08, 2007

India vs Australia (quick analysis)

India won the T20 world cup and became champions! The 50-50 games seem to be a different playing ground for the Indian Team. Have you been wondering why India did not fair so well, so far. Here's a quick layman analysis

  1. India have not been batting first, in all the T20 matches we won, we batted first!
  2. The team has changed and so have the rules. Instead of a powerplay for 20 overs with catch in fielders around, T20 has restrictions for just 4 overs. This makes a big difference to players like Sehwag and Gambhir, who I think are more suited to the field being well spread out (survive longer)

Here's some advice for the Indian Team (given that Dhoni reads cricinfo, you never know if he might read this blog as well :-) )

  1. Convert the 50-50 match to a 20-20 match, by keeping wickets in hand till the 30th over
  2. While batting second, get Dhoni in at #3, followed by Yuvraj at #4
  3. Get Dravid to Open the batting while chasing
  4. Tendulkar should come 4/5 down while chasing (when there is a mandatory ball change)
  5. Don't ever get Yuvraj to Bowl :-)
  6. While bowling first, attack aggressively, even if it means that more runs will be conceded
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