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Monday, April 23, 2012

Venkatesh Prasad : In T20s Bowlers should be smart


Playing to ones strength is even more essential for the bowlers, as they are not as lucky as the batsmen who can bring in an array of unconventional shots & walk away with the prize, adds Prasad.


Mohali: IN THE slam-bang format of the Indian Premier League, where most of the time bowlers finish up getting a pasting at the hands of the batsmen, the trick is to stick to fundamentals with a tiny improvisation, feels Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad.


Its not that since this is T20 ought to keep changing the linelength & try different things. Then you give away lots of runs. ought to try to stick to the basics. 


You got to be smart but definitely not over smart. ought to bowl to his strength. Obviously, the margin error is tiny in this format. Having said that, you cannot go away from your strength, Prasad said.


Prasad added that while sticking to ones strength, the bowler ought to even be adaptable.


If out-swingers are my strength, then why ought to I try an in-swinger when I am not nice at it? But simultaneously when I am bowling an outswinger, I would not bowl it on the off stump & take it to the fourth or fifth stump but keep it on the middle, they said.


That way I am still bowling to my strength, tightening my line to give no room to the batsman, & still looking to nick him out. This is what adaptability is all about. The bowlers intelligence level also comes to the fore while playing in crunch situations, feels Prasad.


One has to be aware about the situation like when to bowl the slower ones or outside the off stump, yorkers etc. The thing is that nice bowlers who have a variety of deliveries go for runs as they try that often, they said.


Thats kind of an issue. I would take it as an issue of combination as to find out who are the all-rounders who can bowl those or eight overs other than our main bowlers, they said.


BOWLING FAILURE
Prasads own team  the Royal Challengers  has given away lots of runs and the former India international admits that its an issue that needs to be sorted out. In matches so far, their opponents have notched up scores of over 160.


Apart from their main bowlers Zaheer Khan, Daniel Vettori and Muttiah Muralitharan, not of the other bowlers have stood up to the challenge.


Vinay Kumar, their fourth main bowler, has been lacklustre, giving away 51 and 53 runs respectively against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Tremendous Kings.


We are seeing what combination works. They ought to be having other bowlers who could fill in those eight overs. It is an ongoing system."


"A team needs back up in T20, whether it is the fifth bowler or the sixth or seventh batsman, they said. Its not that our bowlers are not capable. They defended a score of 157 against Delhi Daredevils. Murali bowled brilliantly as did Vinay. But then when they are not playing Murali because of the foreign players limitation they have more overs to fill in, they said.


The point is 180 ought to be chased in this format, on Indian wickets. However, if the batsmen must chase 180 every second match then you are putting lot of pressure on yourself.

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