Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wicket keeping is overrated

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Pakistan's dismantling of the West Indies and qualification to the World Cup semi-finals has proved one thing. In modern times; especially in one day cricket; wicket keeping is over rated.

If you have a good bowling attack, a decent enough batting line up, fielding skills adequate enough to allow you run towards the general vicinity of the ball, and a captain who has experience eating balls in search of reverse swing, then you can make a serious run at the World Cup trophy even with Kamran Akmal in your side.

Perhaps Pakistan's think tank know something that is, in our estimation likely to quickly become a commoditized tactic. Like the ones advocated and distributed freely by Ian Chappell and Ravi Shastri.

We had...

Never run on mis-fields.

Spinners should flight the ball - This one makes Sanjay Manjrekar horny, every time a spinner does give it some air

Partnerships are the key

Catches win matches - Less used off late due to commentators' fear of getting killed by frustrated fans

Now you can add to that... Wicket keeping is overrated.


Govind Raj said...

Wicket Keepers too are over-rated. Sanga excluded !

deepoz said...

Ummm...didn't realise Kakmal effect is proving to be so poisonous for us extinct species of Weekees in cricket! Man, every WK should file a
defemation suit against this Kam-E-Kamal!!