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Old August 6, 2009, 08:54 PM
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Default 36 Strategies: Application of Chinese military philosophy in Cricket

"All Warfare is Based on Deception."--Sun Tzu

Prologue: This is basically an attempt to apply Chinese military strategy in the battlefield of cricket ground. I basically took an outline of the 36 strategemas from the ancient Chinese text and added my own fractured thoughts to it. Hopefully you will enjoy it.

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36 Ji: Strategies with real life examples
Thirty-Six Stratagems
Further examples of analogies and real life usages of 36 strategies

Thirty-six Strategies

I. Stratagems when in a superior position

1.Fool the Emperor to Cross the Sea

"Moving about in the darkness and shadows, occupying isolated places, or hiding behind screens will only attract suspicious attention. To lower an enemy's guard you must act in the open hiding your true intentions under the guise of common every day activities."

It can also be taken from the battle between lawyers analogy. Basically, you approach with all your discoveries, instead of pulling surprises. You give them an early team for them to ponder upon your weaknesses and strengths and pull out the last trump card at the end with a seemingly innocuous player.

2. Besiege Wei to Rescue Zhao

"When the enemy is too strong to attack directly, then attack something he holds dear. Know that in all things he cannot be superior. Somewhere there is a gap in the armour, a weakness that can be attacked instead."

Bullying. For instance, instead of a trying to uproot an anchored Mohammad Yusuf bully Butt and keep him on strike by giving him baits.

3. Kill with a Borrowed Sword

"When you do not have the means to attack your enemy directly, then attack using the strength of another. Trick an ally into attacking him, bribe an official to turn traitor, or use the enemy's own strength against him."

Suppose in your group is Ireland, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Build good relationship with the someone with the same interest. Go to the stadium. Show support for that team. Visit their forums and extend any help you can. If Ashraful is captain he should form a truce with Irish players and offer his valuable, cavalier insights.

4. Await the Exhausted Enemy at Your Ease

"It is an advantage to choose the time and place for battle. In this way you know when and where the battle will take place, while your enemy does not. Encourage your enemy to expend his energy in futile quests while you conserve your strength. When he is exhausted and confused, you attack with energy and purpose."

Conspire to choose the time and season for summer if your opponent is not used to hot and sultry weather. Factor day and night to your considerations if they are to you advantage or disadvantage. Or bat first for the fielders to tire the fielders if it produces a slight edge of the opponents coming out a little unshaky at crease. Keep hydrated in summer, with your head cool and relaxed.

5. Loot a Burning House


"When a country is beset by internal conflicts, when disease and famine ravage the population, when corruption and crime are rampant, then it will be unable to deal with an outside threat. This is the time to attack.


Bangladesh ingeniously exploited this by taking advantage of West Indies situation. Hopefully they will able to repeat it for Zimbabwe tour. Also, corollarily, they should be strengthened and prevent an implosion which they failed during ICL debacle.

6. Clamor in the East, Attack in the West

"In any battle the element of surprise can provide an overwhelming advantage. Even when face to face with an enemy, surprise can still be employed by attacking where he least expects it. To do this you must create an expectation in the enemy's mind through the use of a feint."

Load up one side of the field with heavily more players, inviting your batsman to play in the leg side uppishly for instance. During Ash-blitzkrieg of his 50 versus West Indies, Ash chose such a diverse selection of shots that Ian Bishop burst out: "This is called manipulating the field." Develop an well rounded text book shot repertoire instead of trying to master and perfect one. Perfection of a particular object is good but it may also develop tunnel vision losing peripheral sight.


II. Stratagems for confrontation

7. Create Something From Nothing

"You use the same feint twice. Having reacted to the first and often the second feint as well, the enemy will be hesitant to react to a third feint. Therefore the third feint is the actual attack catching your enemy with his guard down. "

Sledge. Bangladesh already has this Mr-I-am-from-third-world-country-self-defeating-mental-attitude but it's about time they should they have some spine. It doesn't have to be something belligerant or antagonistic, but a deep resounding voicing out of "Let's go boys. Finish'em off!" will send a positive vibe then meaning chatterings like the one of Mushy. Speech should contain quality and gravity. Heck even apparent "whisper" by slip fielders to the bowler of "Jugular man.." will unsettle an already nervous batsman new to the crease. [As for the application of the strategy itself, one can apply this in spin bowling.]

8. Openly Repair The Walkway, Secretly March to Chencang

"Attack the enemy with two convergent forces. The first is the direct attack, one that is obvious and for which the enemy prepares his defense. The second is the indirect, the attack sinister, that the enemy does not expect and which causes him to divide his forces at the last minute leading to confusion and disaster."

For instance, set up a trap where instead of going for his wicket or catches or even LBW appeal, you "give" him the casual run. It's at this instant when an apparent distracted player with lackadaisical body language breathes life into attack by lunging forward diving and suddenly going for the kill with a direct throw. A captain when setting his field could give that special agent less attention thus sub-consciously embedding the lack of threat of that person.

9. Observe the Fire on the Opposite Shore

"Delay entering the field of battle until all the other players have become exhausted fighting amongst themselves. Then go in full strength and pick up the pieces."

This should be in conjunction with #4. Delay the sloggers to come at a time when the fielders of adversaries will already be exhausted. Also, choose powerplays judiciously especially when taking weather into factor.

10.Hide Your Dagger Behind a Smile

"Charm and ingratiate yourself to your enemy. When you have gained his trust, you move against him in secret."

A wicketkeeper or slip fielders can actually compliment an opponent after a six by a casual remark feigning appreciation like "whoooh! that went like a bazooka" and thereby lowering his psychological threat of themselves and later in cahoots with the bowler catch him literally off guard.

11. Sacrifice the Plum Tree In Place of the Peach

"There are circumstances in which you must sacrifice short-term objectives in order to gain the long-term goal. This is the scapegoat strategy whereby someone else suffers the consequences so that the rest do not."

So....don't necessarily go for risky shots and aerial route just because it was necessarily designed and contrived for opening up opportunities of loss of wickets if the long term goal is endurance. Also, intentionally engineer for him to have some vanity shots like lofty sixes to lull him into a false sense of assurance.

12. Seize the Opportunity To Lead a Sheep Away

"While carrying out your plans be flexible enough to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, however small, and avail yourself of any profit, however slight."

For instance, if your opponent asks for runner remember intially they will be terribly uncoordinated and thus it'd be prudent to bait them with singles.

III. Stratagems for attack

13. Beat The Grass To Startle The Snake

"When you cannot detect the opponent's plans launch a direct, but brief, attack and observe your opponent reactions. His behavior will reveal his strategy."

It could be sudden unorthodox bringing back of pace attack for two overs during the middle-part of ODI instead of waiting for the death overs just to ruffle his feathers.

14. Borrow a Corpse to Raise the Spirit

"Take an institution, a technology, or a method that has been forgotten or discarded and appropriate it for your own purpose. Revive something from the past by giving it a new purpose or to reinterpret and bring to life old ideas, customs, and traditions."

For example, learn arcane methods of bowling attack which is discarded. or force yourself to experiemnt with Malingesque slinging action. You may well be surprised what creative outputs will lead.

15. Lure the Tiger Down the Mountain

"Never directly attack a well-entrenched opponent. Instead lure him away from his stronghold and separate him from his source of strength."

Literally. Lure Afridi down the track and stump him. Specialize on stumping strategies because there should be a synchronized coordination and chemistry between wicketkeeper and the bowler. There is an actual art to the ruse of stumping.

16. To Catch Something, First Let It Go

"Cornered prey will often mount a final desperate attack. To prevent this you let the enemy believe he still has a chance for freedom. His will to fight is thus dampened by his desire to escape. When in the end the freedom is proven a falsehood the enemy's morale will be defeated and he will surrender without a fight."

There is also an art on when to give 'loose' balls or juicy full tosses. Remember there is no 'good' or 'bad' deliveries rather it entirely depends on situation, bowlers mentality, field setting and oppositions mental state.

17. Toss Out A Brick To Attract Jade

"Prepare a trap then lure your enemy into the trap by using bait. In war the bait is the illusion of an opportunity for gain. In life the bait is the illusion of wealth, power, and sex. "

A bowler should control the opposing batsman instead of the other way around even if he or she is giving away boundaries. Question at that point becomes is the batsman dominating the bowler or bowler controlling the batsman by literally making him play the place where she wants to play. If batsman becomes predictable, then the intelligent bowler can surprise him.

18. To Catch the Bandits First Capture Their Leader

"If the enemy's army is strong but is allied to the commander only by money or threats then, take aim at the leader. If the commander falls the rest of the army will disperse or come over to your side. If, however, they are allied to the leader through loyalty then beware, the army can continue to fight on after his death out of vengeance."

Self-explanatory. Scalp the captain first especially if he comes to bat early. All pressure should be on him. Conversely, protect your own crown too. A batsman should be extra careful when his partner is captain himself at the crease. It gives a huge psychological morale to the opponent when one decapitates the head. Needless, to mention the well known Bangladesh cricket adage: "When Ashraful plays good, BD wins."

IV. Stratagems for confused situations

19. Steal The Firewood From Under the Pot

"When faced with an enemy too powerful to engage directly you must first weaken him by undermining his foundation and attacking his source of power."

This does not mean going an all out attack on Brett Lee but judiciously and systematically breaking down his strength and not being psychologically afraid of him. It is also akin to bullying and picking on particular players and targetting him to break down the team's foundation. If Bangladesh "knows" for sure they will loose then they should be brave enough to target Lee or Sten & Co. instead of defensively shying away from him.

20. Trouble The Water To Catch The Fish

"Before engaging your enemy's forces create confusion to weaken his perception and judgment. Do something unusual, strange, and unexpected as this will arouse the enemy's suspicion and disrupt his thinking. A distracted enemy is thus more vulnerable.'

Create a facade of deception by not sitting with a particular player in lunch giving media and others false sennse of belief of an existing faction within the team. Or it could be a well-planned "Stfu! Tamim!" or "How the hell could you drop that Junaid!" frustration which will only sub-consciously lower the heightened sense of awareness of the batsman.

21. Shed Your Skin Like the Golden Cicada

"When you are in danger of being defeated, and your only chance is to escape and regroup, then create an illusion. While the enemy's attention is focused on this artifice, secretly remove your men leaving behind only the facade of your presence."

Instead of taking this theory by the book a team can apply it in such way so that it should be prepared to realize thattime is up for certain players and should just learn to "let go" of them and expose more fresh batch of players. As much as I am opposed to Rubel's screw ups I think he should be kept in the team, giving him exposure, and suddenly even if we let go of the older players we wouldn't be deprived of any assets in any way.

22. Shut the Door to Catch the Thief

"If you have the chance to completely capture the enemy then you should do so thereby bringing the battle or war to a quick and lasting conclusion. To allow your enemy to escape plants the seeds for future conflict. But if they succeed in escaping, be wary of giving chase."

Self-explanatory. Job is not done if 7 wickets fall and still 7 overs to go in ODI. You should finish them off a.s.a.p before the tail rears it's ugly head.

23. Befriend a Distant Enemy to Attack One Nearby

"It is known that nations that border each other become enemies while nations separated by distance and obstacles make better allies. When you are the strongest in one field, your greatest threat is from the second strongest in your field, not the strongest from another field."

Same as #3, we should make truce with New Zealand and work in cahoots to dislodge Australia from crown. Imagine the interexchange of talents if Shakib becomes Vettori's facebook buddy (!!).

24. Borrow the Road to Conquer Guo

"Borrow the resources of an ally to attack a common enemy. Once the enemy is defeated, use those resources to turn on the ally that lent you them in the first place."

One shouldn't be "ashamed" that for living "all he does" is play for County cricket or Ranjit Trophy. The rebellers could have instead come out with an alternate negotiations and suggest that they would play for ICL only for short-term basis and use this opportunity to preserve nation's long-term interest. If that happened, we wouldn't have so much strum-und-drang.

V. Stratagems for gaining ground

25. Replace The Beams With Rotten Timbers

"Disrupt the enemy's formations, interfere with their methods of operations, change the rules in which they are used to following, go contrary to their standard training. In this way you remove the supporting pillar, the common link that makes a group of men an effective fighting force."

Self-explanatory.

26. Point At The Mulberry But Curse The Locust Tree

"To discipline, control, or warn others whose status or position excludes them from direct confrontation; use analogy and innuendo. Without directly naming names, those accused cannot retaliate without revealing their complicity."

An innovative approach would be hidden codes and signals for internal movements of the whole team or baseball like signals telegraphed from bowler to keeper and slips. Because English is lingua-franca and the similarity in the genealogy in philology we often casually give away wealth of information even when we shout "dui dui dui" during batting because of the similarity.

27. Feign Madness But Keep Your Balance

"Hide behind the mask of a fool, a drunk, or a madman to create confusion about your intentions and motivations. Lure your opponent into underestimating your ability until, overconfident, he drops his guard. Then you may attack."

Vermuelen, Symonds, Shoaib, Bhajji....you get the drift.

28. Lure Your Enemy Onto the Roof, Then Take Away the Ladder

"With baits and deceptions lure your enemy into treacherous terrain. Then cut off his lines of communication and avenue of escape. To save himself he must fight both your own forces and the elements of nature."

Force your opponents to play more or less overs conspiring with weather.

29. Tie Silk Blossoms to the Dead Tree

"Tying silk blossoms on a dead tree gives the illusion that the tree is healthy. Through the use of artifice and disguise make something of no value appear valuable; of no threat appear dangerous; of no use, useful."

Use the converse. Feign weakness, cramps or illness, wear bandages to deceive the batsman although you may be fully fit.

30. Exchange the Role of Guest for that of Host

"Defeat the enemy from within by infiltrating the enemy's camp under the guise of cooperation, surrender, or peace treaties. In this way you can discover his weakness and then, when the enemy's guard is relaxed, strike directly at the source of his strength."

It's good to have ties and relations with former coaches of the opponents who carries in's and out wisdom of the team.

VI. Stratagems for desperate situations

31. The Strategy of Beautiful Women

"Send your enemy beautiful women to cause discord within his camp. This strategy can work on three levels. First, the ruler becomes so enamored with the beauty that he neglects his duties and allows his vigilance to wane. Second, other males at court will begin to display aggressive behavior that inflames minor differences hindering co-operation and destroying morale. Third, other females at court, motivated by jealousy and envy, begin to plot intrigues further exasperating the situation."

Afridi and some Pakistan players complained about cheerleaders. Also a batsman should be aware if any of his adversaries is distracted by any cheerleaders. Also, if the theory is not taken too literally then they should preserve sexual energies instead of partying and clubbing the night before so that they don't become sapwood.

32. The Strategy of Open City Gates

"When the enemy is superior in numbers and your situation is such that you expect to be overrun at any moment, then drop all pretence of military preparedness and act casually. Unless the enemy has an accurate description of your situation this unusual behavior will arouse suspicions. With luck he will be dissuaded from attacking."

Forget about all the rules engraved in stone tablets and in desperate situation let common sense and instincts and gut precede over any plan if it comes to that stage of the game.

33. The Strategy of Sowing Discord

"Undermine your enemy's ability to fight by secretly causing discord between him and his friends, allies, advisors, family, commanders, soldiers, and population. While he is preoccupied settling internal disputes his ability to attack or defend, is compromised."

Media can play a role in this Machivellan machination. They can inflate and balloon up a small-affair and make a mountain out of a molehill in print of such sagas as opponents joining rebel group and create negative propaganda.

34. The Strategy of Injuring Yourself

"Pretending to be injured has two possible applications. In the first, the enemy is lulled into relaxing his guard since he no longer considers you to be an immediate threat. The second is a way of ingratiating yourself to your enemy by pretending the injury was caused by a mutual enemy."

Bring in an runner while pretending to be injured. Opponents may not be aware that your three-men subterfuge is more coordinated then their fielding reaction which is not used to this type of anomalies.

35. The Tactic of Combining Tactics

"In important matters one should use several strategies applied simultaneously. Keep different plans operating in an overall scheme; in this manner if any one strategy fails you would still have several others to fall back on."

Self-explanatory.

36. If All Else Fails Retreat

"If it becomes obvious that your current course of action will lead to defeat then retreat and regroup."

Play out a game like even if the RRR is unrealistic and impossible. Don't give away your wickets easily rather show that you still have control over the game. Who knows what kind of impression it may project for the next game!

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Lawl. At first I assumed it was going to be another comedy piece that has little or nothing to do with cricket, but after reading through, this Chinese military crap would actually work - throw your dignity away by doing anything to win - thereby regaining your dignity by winning.

It just goes to show - communists are geniuses.
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My strategies:

1. Bat well.

2. Bowl well.

3. Field well.
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2. Bowl well.

3. Field well.
Most brilliant piece of strategy I have seen. Win guranteed!
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Lawl. At first I assumed it was going to be another comedy piece that has little or nothing to do with cricket,
I wish it was...
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My strategies:

1. Bat well.

2. Bowl well.

3. Field well.
You are like that mean bully in high school who would kick down a house built of cards, huh?

j/k :p
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2. Bowl well.

3. Field well.
One and only strategy: Do NOT give away your wicket. Win is in your pocket.
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7. Create Something From Nothing

"You use the same feint twice. Having reacted to the first and often the second feint as well, the enemy will be hesitant to react to a third feint. Therefore the third feint is the actual attack catching your enemy with his guard down. "






18. To Catch the Bandits First Capture Their Leader

"If the enemy's army is strong but is allied to the commander only by money or threats then, take aim at the leader. If the commander falls the rest of the army will disperse or come over to your side. If, however, they are allied to the leader through loyalty then beware, the army can continue to fight on after his death out of vengeance."








27. Feign Madness But Keep Your Balance

"Hide behind the mask of a fool, a drunk, or a madman to create confusion about your intentions and motivations. Lure your opponent into underestimating your ability until, overconfident, he drops his guard. Then you may attack."

Vermuelen, Symonds, Shoaib, Bhajji....you get the drift.

33. The Strategy of Sowing Discord

"Undermine your enemy's ability to fight by secretly causing discord between him and his friends, allies, advisors, family, commanders, soldiers, and population. While he is preoccupied settling internal disputes his ability to attack or defend, is compromised."

Media can play a role in this Machivellan machination. They can inflate and balloon up a small-affair and make a mountain out of a molehill in print of such sagas as opponents joining rebel group and create negative propaganda.

34. The Strategy of Injuring Yourself

"Pretending to be injured has two possible applications. In the first, the enemy is lulled into relaxing his guard since he no longer considers you to be an immediate threat. The second is a way of ingratiating yourself to your enemy by pretending the injury was caused by a mutual enemy."

Bring in an runner while pretending to be injured. Opponents may not be aware that your three-men subterfuge is more coordinated then their fielding reaction which is not used to this type of anomalies.

35. The Tactic of Combining Tactics

"In important matters one should use several strategies applied simultaneously. Keep different plans operating in an overall scheme; in this manner if any one strategy fails you would still have several others to fall back on."

Self-explanatory.
16. To Catch Something, First Let It Go

"Cornered prey will often mount a final desperate attack. To prevent this you let the enemy believe he still has a chance for freedom. His will to fight is thus dampened by his desire to escape. When in the end the freedom is proven a falsehood the enemy's morale will be defeated and he will surrender without a fight."

There is also an art on when to give 'loose' balls or juicy full tosses. Remember there is no 'good' or 'bad' deliveries rather it entirely depends on situation, bowlers mentality, field setting and oppositions mental state.
these are very useful...kinda practically.



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VI. Stratagems for desperate situations

31. The Strategy of Beautiful Women

"Send your enemy beautiful women to cause discord within his camp. This strategy can work on three levels. First, the ruler becomes so enamored with the beauty that he neglects his duties and allows his vigilance to wane. Second, other males at court will begin to display aggressive behavior that inflames minor differences hindering co-operation and destroying morale. Third, other females at court, motivated by jealousy and envy, begin to plot intrigues further exasperating the situation."

Afridi and some Pakistan players complained about cheerleaders. Also a batsman should be aware if any of his adversaries is distracted by any cheerleaders. Also, if the theory is not taken too literally then they should preserve sexual energies instead of partying and clubbing the night before so that they don't become sapwood.
lol...
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excellent find..well cricketing explanation inclusion, judging the points...green light given
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One and only strategy: Do NOT give away your wicket. Win is in your pocket.
I have seen many teams like pakistan having 8 wickets and still losing.

I mean the poster is right you have to have that Cunningness to win. See the previous Austrialian team, these guys used most of these tactics which skewed the judgement of even umpires!!! They were very good at these.

Bowling good, fielding good and batting good will make u good but NOT GREAT. How many times have u seen Srilankans scoring low but thrashing the other team, do they have good batting line up noooooooo, best fielding? n000000000 yes they do have one of the best bowling so they use their strength around that...

remember world cup od SL vs Eng they have 2 balls and One wicket needing two runs to win. what did fernando do? He ran and then didnt bowl which confused Bopara and added extra pressure on him (u could see on his face) and fernando laughing his @ss off (confidence and pity on bopara) , fernando also knew what stroke bopara was going to play, umpire gave it no ball! And the next ball? WICKET! SL and AUS are two great teams cos they have something MORE than just playing good.

Second SL example , remember the GREAT test SL vs BAN when SL were 6-5? Muralitharan hit boundaries on Rubel which was unexpected and sent confusion around our team? Instead of focusing on how to get murali out rubel as he was new was demoralized and bowled bad balls. Ashraful didnt have great leadership skills so we were just cubs.

Third example is South Africa.......they have good team but how come they have been losing consistently on semi finals. It's cos they lack cunningness, unpredictability, surprise element and influence unlike the austrlians had when they were powerful.

Fourth example, recent T20 match India vs Ban, Dhoni is one good leader Indian team has, when Tamim was set in batting, he saw Tamim trying to get out of crease and he send off spinner Yusuf Pathan and low behold , Tamim fell for it!!! and result Tamim went out of crease to play his macho shot and got out by macho wicketkeeper.



Remember Success is sum parts of all the small things done right . We have to have all the elements in place if we are to make a GREAT team!

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Very good find. If implemented properly, these strategies can probably cevelop our killing instinct.

The question is, are our players tough/intelligent enough to do that?
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This was fun to read. Great to see you REALLY getting into it G. Sadly, the great Chinese General/Scholar never had the dubious pleasure of witnessing Mohammad Ashraful Motin amongst others in action. the AoW would have been a cheap sitcom if he had.

Caplock said it AWL and Mo' ...
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Sorry Zeeshan, just having a laugh. Seriously though, good work on the Sun Tzu stuff.
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Old August 7, 2009, 08:51 AM
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[capslock]Thanks.[/capslock] :-)
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Old August 7, 2009, 08:56 AM
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War = series
Battle = match/game.
Field marshal = Shakib
Generals = Siddons committee of on field leaders
Gunners = phast bowlers
Horsemen = Pacers
Archers = spinners
Artellery = Tamim
Infantry = Middle order
Army = team
Enemy = opponents + umpire + opponent supporters
By any means necessary = This is where it all differs, sorry!! Even by drawing or losing in special circumstances one can win.

Some quality posts here. GB's and crickey's to name few.
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Old August 7, 2009, 09:08 AM
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Loved your analogies and examples TE vai and crickey. Remember a thread doesn't have to be for a OP to show off rather collaboration and input of diverse ideas from all our varied members... :-]
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Great read Z. Psychological warfare on the cricket field can be and should be applied to achieve the ultimate goal, which is to win. Whether it is the application of Sun Tzu warrior strategies or plain old trash talk towards your opponent, sports always has room for such subtle or not so subtle tactics. Whether or not it is applied, but a captain of a cricket team should be aware and possibly engage in from among the 36 possible scenarios. Great captains are also great minds. Cricket is also a big mental game. Anything that gives your team an edge over your opponent ( within the legal boundaries of course ) must be taken with both hands. Of course your team must do the basics right ( bat, bowl, field ) first. An Army without adequate ammo or warriors will eventually be overwhelmed by a superior force with or without cunning strategies. It may win you a battle or two, but ultimately you will end up losing the war. So, Yes, we must strive towards parity on the playing field first and use some form of mental warfare along the way.

Captain should read everything, inlcuding this. Whne is our next bootcamp btw?
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