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Old December 3, 2012, 04:38 AM
jeesh jeesh is offline
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If you see all the wickets taken by spinners in the first 2 ODI's, you will see its mostly batsmen making mistakes rather than our bowlers forcing errors. They get frustrated and either get caught or are trapped in front because of poor footwork. This is something we have mastered over the years-from Rafique's days. Prevent singles, boundaries, put pressure and then make the batsman do sth stupid. Works wonders particularly in low bounce wickets, against batsmen with average footwork.

Now in tests its a different story. 3 or 4 dot balls wont make a difference. The bowler needs to keep the batsman in check for a longer time. But what happens with guys like Razzak is they will bowl in a good length for 4-5 balls. But because they lack patience or familiary with the longer version instead of putting the batsman under pressure they themselves will get into pressure. They ll decide ok let me try something different with the 6th ball. So he tosses it up or bowls it short and gets whacked for 4. He then has to start all over again. Also in the longer version the spinners need to be able to attack, instead of waiting for the batsmen to make mistakes. Very few of our spinners do so.

We are blaming the selectors, players for the test defeats. But the curator also needs a bit of rebuking. Both in Khulna and Dhaka they prepared tracks which didnt have much turn. They were probably worried Narine will get more out of it than our spinners-the defensive, defeatist mentality. When we are playing at home, we have to make wickets that suit our players. Windies wont make tracks for us with less bounce. We need to have tracks which turn from day 2, and where day 4 and 5 are very difficult to bat due to turn and unpredictable bounce. Flat track-we wont win, even we ll struggle against Zimbabwe and Ireland.
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