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Discussion in 'Cricket Discussion' started by Aislabie, Oct 22, 2020.
i guess he has also been inactive since a week
Yeah I've been offline for quite sometime. Any overseas pacers that are unpicked?
Umar Gul is definitely unpicked. Plenty of others but he's such a good T20 player
Say no more. Wonder how @CerealKiller didn't want him in.
I rate him as one of the greatest T20I bowlers in history. Think he'll do a fine job with his two in the middle, two at the death spells. Had a very short IPL career but that produced twelve wickets in six games for a dysfunctional Kolkata side that had a raw Ishant Sharma, a surprisingly half decent Agarkar, misused Murali Kartik and most importantly, the lord Ashoke Dinda himself. Consider his overall impact on the T20 game and while there are other very good alternatives that could all be picked on merit, think I'll let my heart rule on this one.
I decided to get 4 overseas within my 5 pre-T20 players, so that didn’t allow me to pick current generation overseas players.
And so my final line-up shall be..
Well, what do we have here?
I've modeled my playing XI on the Chennai Super Kings strategy of having key players in key roles. The only exception would be that Chennai always prefer having an all-rounder who floats in the batting order and can provide overs consistently, my first target was Bravo but Gul was too good an option to pass up on and when you've got Amar Singh and CK Nayudu as fifth and sixth bowling options, you can afford to not have an overseas player pick up the slack.
Two overseas batsmen in the top three to provide you with consistency and fast starts (ignore the current season ). Warner will be the more aggressive player in the entirety of the game and unlike other traditionally aggressive bashers or players who take their time to settle in and then go big, Warner can attack from the first ball and still provide such starts on a startlingly consistent basis. On the other side you have the greatest batsman in history who also happened to be one of the most aggressive of his own times with control in every shot of his and mental energy to save his wicket at all times. Expect him to bat in the 130-140 SR zone before gearing up for a big finish while Warner blazes away at a 140+ strike-rate.
In at three and four filling in the 'Raina' and 'Badri' roles are Nayudu, a slogger who gave no mercy to the best of bowlers and loved his big sixes. He shall perform the vital role of ensuring that the momentum does not fall with the dismissal (if any) of my openers. Azharuddin was one of the finest and most graceful Indian batters in history and had the tendency to be really aggressive once he was set. He will be very important in tackling the modern day wrist-spinners who should be very worried about facing a master of spin like him. If there are only 7-8 overs left in the game, Azhar can always be dropped down the order all the way down to even eight and only introduced if a set batsman falls to keep a quasi-accumulator still in there.
The middle order will first and foremost have MS Dhoni, the man himself. For a side aiming to play in the CSK way, it makes perfect sense to have their ever present skipper. Being one of the most consistent middle order performers on a sluggish Chepauk track in addition to his cat-like reflexes behind the stumps and inspiring leadership that has given Chennai three IPL titles and consistency that most other franchises can only dream of also helps.
The other player in here is Yusuf Pathan. A bit of an interesting pick as I deem this one player the 'luxury' player in my side. I had a couple of pre-T20 players as backups too in case I was missing out elsewhere. Pathan will be my go-to hitter to provide some luscious blows to the opposition bowlers and has free license to go for the kill from ball one. Could be a 0(1) but could also end up being a 42(21), 68(37) or a 100(37) all of which could either turn a struggling situation into an above par score or a good score to an unbeatable one. Unless there is a catastrophic collapse, I wouldn't even mind sending him in at the ninth or tenth over mark to give him more time to attack.
Amar Singh will be filling in the role of the versatile CSK all-rounder and he is probably the best domestic option you could have got for pacers. You can get four high quality overs from him and he wouldn't hesitate to be a pinch-hitter whenever he is promoted. If the team needs some really quick runs at the end or the middle for a boost, Amar Singh will be your man.
As for the bowling attack, Amar Singh and Malinga are both excellent with the new ball. The former will operate in the 130-140 kph range with the occasional 140+ surprise ball while Malinga at the peak of his powers is a 145+ kph bowler easily with the variations to also deceiver batsmen.
In case of there being a left-handed batsman at the crease in the powerplay, Harbhajan Singh will always be a viable option to go to with the ball. He can float the ball or be quick through the air if required and has a fantastic economy rate in the powerplay. Even if there is not a left-hander at the crease, he will still bowl an over to relieve Malinga for death overs duty. And prime Harbhajan was also a genuine wicket-taker in addition to having fantastic control. Good luck trying to attack him.
Combining with him in the middle overs as the leggie who looks for wickets will be Gupte. With him being relieved of the workload to carry an entire bowling attack by himself until his arms dropped off, he will look to unleash his top spinner, two googlies and leg spinner, all of which would have devious turn on even a flat pitch. I'm quite surprised that he was left so late in the draft, as India's best leg spinner in their history he will be a very dangerous bowler to face. Nayudu can sneak in an over or two if required with his Symonds' style mix of medium pace off-spin in this middle overs phase if required.
Umar Gul will fill in the role of DJ Bravo with the ball if not the bat. He shall start in the middle overs unless we turn to him in the powerplay on situations demanding his expertise use of the seam and will always bowl two overs at the death. His middle over(s) will be mixed in with the spinners on the Chepauk pitch that will suit his style of utilizing cutters and the seam very well. Joining him at the death will be Malinga with two overs and Amar Singh with one. On occasion, Harbhajan may also bowl an over at the death if Amar Singh finishes his spell up front on a green pitch that suits his style of swingers very well.
A team that has one of the shrewdest IPL captains with a known template for success and the strategy of employing two overseas pacers to minimize the chances of an Indian pacer traveling the distance? I see a championship winning side in this XI.
Would love to see @Aislabie 's analysis, if he has the time.