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Pure bowlers may get rare in T20

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2011 02:14 IST
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It's never easy to set a strategy and execute it in a T20 format. Teams win and some do so consistently but losing a match is not far away. Winning a few while losing one or two is the way forward in the IPL format. As long as the teams win enough to be in the range of qualifying for the knockout stage, they have done their job. With so many uncertainties, a couple of wins or losses don't really guarantee much at this stage.

Tough on bowlers

The debate will be quite obvious whether it is bowling or batting which is more responsible for winning matches. In fairness, it is batting which should win matches. The bowlers can only do their bit and the trends that are emerging are quite clear that pure bowlers will be a rarity in this format. Bowlers will have to come back into the game by batting their way into the teams. As we know, it is the sixes which are making the difference towards the end of the innings. As a bowler, I wonder what this T20 format is going to do to standalone bowlers. This only reiterates that T20 is only for all-rounders. It will get hard to justify picking a pure bowler, be it in future auctions or even now.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/18_04_pg17enew.jpg

Dilshan a concern
Teams like the Royal Challengers, having lost a few games, must be soul-searching as to where they are going wrong. On the face of it, losing wickets in the early part of the innings is the issue. Any batting side with wickets in hand will end up with a fighting score. Tillakaratne Dilshan's form is a matter of concern.

He is a batsman who is made for this format and RCB's dependency is high on his form. Some players take a while to adjust to the new environment and Dilshan is one of them. The mindset of individuals is extremely important. With the rapid nature of the game, wins and losses can either bring the team together or take away the sense of belonging. That's the reason why the newly-formed teams need to win a few games upfront.

It is not too late for any of the teams at this stage of the tournament. Maybe, peaking at the right time could be the solution.

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