Batting Power Play
I don't think we have really learned how to maximize the batting power play. We seem to have the rigid approach of taking the power play in the last 5-7 overs. Which is all good except on occasions when we leave it too late. This innovation is supposed to provide the batting team the flexibility to gain momentum in their innings. More than a couple of times we have two set batsmen who are looking to accelerate between the 35-45th overs and succumb trying to play a big shot. Shakib in the NZ 3rd ODI and Mushy in the Eng 2nd ODI are two such cases.
We seem to be depending on Nayeem to blast the ball out of the park during powerplays. He is quite adept at big hits but does not yet have the finesse and skills to be destructive against really good death bowlers. A top order batsman who has played for a while is more likely to take advantage of powerplays than Nayeem would coming straight into the middle. Nayeem has done well in his finisher role, but I would ask the team think-tank to revisit the strategy and be more flexible for our upcoming ODIs.
Last edited by roaring tigerz; March 3, 2010 at 03:15 PM..