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Tinkering with batting is not right
Sunil Gavaskar
April 18, 2010
First Published: 00:37 IST(18/4/2010)
Last Updated: 00:38 IST(18/4/2010)

The Chennai Super Kings have only themselves to blame for their sorry state. Despite such a good batting line-up, they have failed on crucial occasions. On most occasions, the failure has been because of tinkering with the batting order. When playing against strong batting sides, such as the Delhi Daredevils, a team can never know what target to set.

Suresh Raina was dropped down the order and it did not work. Some batsmen are more comfortable at a particular number and if they are getting runs in that slot, there is no reason to shuffle them.

The Rajasthan Royals are also finding themselves in a similar situation with Yusuf being dropped to No. 6 where he only has the tail for company. What has come out loud and clear in this tournament is that unless the top three or four don’t bat for at least half to three-fourths of the innings, it is tough to get a good score.

Gautam Gambhir steadied the ship for the Daredevils but, more importantly, batted for more than half the overs to steer his team home. If Sehwag and Warner can also do that, the Daredevils will have a pretty formidable score.

However, as the Kings XI Punjab found out the other day, even a good score does not guarantee you a win unless the bowlers chip in. It is here that those skippers  who have quality spinners in their ranks have an edge.


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