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  1. Not this year. “Slow”Rahul has a SR of 136 versus “fast” Warner’s 110. And Rahul has a lot more runs too.
  2. Exactly. He is not only the anchor. He has brains. He doesn’t buy into some new wave philosophy of feeling forced to swing away from ball one. He evaluates. He ensures security for his team first and then gets aggressive when appropriate. If Punjab had a more reliable batting line up, he would have been willing to take more chances earlier in his innings. Now, if he can just get more consistent when he plays for India. He either has a string of good scores or he can go thru a horrible period where he has a long string of single digit dismissals.
  3. Well what did the big strike rate people do? KKR’s best performers have been Rana and Tripathi ( top order). Really, what have the big3 - Morgan, Karthik and to some extent Russell accomplished? For the most part they have been swinging and getting out with tailender type results. Also, who stopped Morgan from shuffling the batting order to shake things up? Looking at the coach’s table where some number cruncher shows “54” doesn’t cut it. These guys are a bunch of cowards who will take it out on Gill- who is still trying to figure out his game, while the believer of this system and other big t
  4. SRH waste Kane Williamson. He can score fast without appearing aggressive. But he is one of those guys who picks up the pace as his inning progresses. So, he should either open or worst case come in at no. 3. But instead they have Pandey come in before him. Pandey must have blackmail material on Warner/ team management.
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    Gaikwad v Shaw

    Have to give credit to CSK for staying with Gaikwad when he was going thru the lean patch. He doesn’t have raw power but he is able to score fast with well timed stroke play. It sounds crazy, but it would be great if CSK got Kane Williamson in the next auction and have him open the innings with Gaikwad. Gaikwad would learn a lot from a player like that. Good to see Shaw working his way back into form. Gill seems confused. Playing for Morgan doesn’t help. But I hope he can salvage what is left of this tournament. Awesome player to watch when he gets going.
  6. They will never drop Kohli and AB. Chahal v Maxwell. I know Maxwell is doing okay now. But the guy was a bust for years. RCB should take its chances and hold on to Chahal.
  7. The first 3 in KKR’s batting order- Gill, Tripathi, Rana - at least make an effort. Just need them to turn some of these cameos to big scores. But, so far, the big stars in that line up- Morgan, Karthik, Russell, Shakib- have seriously underperformed. Also, some of Morgan’s decisions on the field are strange. Like taking off Varun Chakravarty after the over in which he took early wickets, use of Cummins in the middle overs rather than the beginning/end etc.- I am not getting it. Maybe he will show something during the course of the season. But thus far, his strategies in the England- India con
  8. I agree- no Satyajit Ray! And I don’t want to see a Pujara style vigil either. But just a bit of a contest between bat and ball. Yes, the CSK chase part was boring. But I was fine when Deepak Chahar swung that ball and knocked Mayank Agarwal’s stumps off in Punjab’s inning. And let’s be honest, who in CSK was going to bat in a way that really excites you? They would have put us to sleep on a dead wicket too. By contrast a Hardik Pandya or a Rishabh Pant could smack the ball on a sporting wicket.
  9. I agree that t20 is for good attacking cricket. But it should be a contest. Batsmen don’t need to be protected. The caliber of batting in the IPL , in part because of the names you mentioned, is a step above the PSL.
  10. In that case, why have bowlers. Just have the batsmen line up in front of ball machines and go pow pow..
  11. Just have Warner, Bairstow, Williamson, Rashid as the 4 international players and make Pandey be the 12th man who fields or brings the drinks. SRH will be fine.
  12. In cricbuzz’s post match show they said that since 2018, for SRH, he has played 14 innings that lasted 30 balls or more. SRH lost 11 of those games.
  13. Let’s see. Mr. Morgan has played 68 matches with a career S/R of 125.96. So yes, I can defend Gill who has an almost identical S/R as a 21 year old who is still trying to find his way. It all depends on context. In this game he helped his team’s cause. By way of contrast, SRH had Manish Pandey who had a statistically higher SR in the last game, but actually hurt his team’s cause. SRH should have him sit out. I agree with you in that MI has some great hitters. But Rohit hits around 130 and fits in fine too. That team can score 200 and win. But it also does fine in the 150-170 type games. So, I
  14. Quit the labels and apply simple math. Chasing 150 runs in 120 balls means KkR had to maintain a SR of 125 to keep pace and have a shot at winning today’s game. Gill’s SR was 137. He was AHEAD of the prescribed pace. Rana gave you an even greater cushion. So what did Gill do that was wrong? Oh yes, I know. They shouldn’t have left anything to “sloggin” Morgan. Rana and Gill should have finished it off. I am sorry. But so far looking at the 2 limited overs’ series in India and now the couple of outings in the IPL, there is nothing in the data that demonstrated that Morgan’s method actually res
  15. What does that mean? We can chase 200. But if our bowlers do a good job and restrict a side to 150, and more importantly, when the starters give you 85 of those runs in 10 overs, you can’t bring yourself to finish the job that could have been done by taking singles with the occasional boundary to score at around 6.5 an over, you couldn’t do it. Instead let’s bat like a tailender and go for that slog. Gill scored 33 at a 137 SR today. Perfectly reasonable in the context of this chase. And I bet if the team was chasing 200, Gill would have adjusted. He knows that there is not one formula that
  16. Gill didn’t lose the game today. You don’t need to press the accelerator when your starters have gotten you to a point where the required run rate is around 6 runs an over. His so called innovative strategies enabled India to win the recently completed odi series. The slam bang approach needs to be combined with situational awareness. Ironically, the young Indian starters- Gill, Rana, Tripathi have done okay. Problem begins with the arrival of the first big international star- Mr. Morgan himself. Now, it’s still early days. Maybe those “smart” guys in KKR’s analytics will figure this out and a
  17. Because they can have some damn good aloo ke prontey with saag cooked in desi ghee. And then, they can aaraam se bowl spin. Amit Mishra, you beauty...
  18. Sakaria, Arshdeep handled the pressure so well today. Sakaria did great in his 1st game
  19. All teams have played one game each. MI, RCB- both sides looked rusty, sloppy. DC- best fielding so far, Avesh did a nice job with the ball. Looking ahead, bowling with the South African duo, Avesh and Woakes should be strong. If batting holds up, they can contend. CSK- nice batting effort, but don’t think they are good enough. KKR- Indian supporting cast of Rana, Tripathi came to the party. Look like they can contend. SRH- too early to tell. But Pandey pisses me off. RR, Punjab- Nice game. The international players on both sides were side kicks to the Indian players today. Rahul, Hooda, Sams
  20. Iyer can score fast too. He did pretty well in the T20 set. If you really believe that India only thinks in terms of consolidation it would have picked a Rahane type player to replace Iyer. The idea that those picking Pant, who have seen how he plays everyday, don’t know how he is going to strike the ball doesn’t make sense. I get that you may not like the captain or his tactics. But the guy will know what he is getting when he picks a player. And I am still not buying the idea that everybody has to go on 4th gear for strike rate. India scored in the low 300s in all 3 games batting first. Engl
  21. On the contrary, Pant and Pandya were added precisely because they have the ability to score fast without taking too long to adjust. I am not aware of any story, where the captain said go slow, and these guys said no, we will play this way only.
  22. But it’s not like Morgan’s teams scored 400 runs a game in that World Cup. The final was a relatively low scoring affair. They scored something like 240 runs and won on a tie breaker. They may want to go for big hitting throughout but have not proven that they can pull it off consistently. Looking at this last odi set, they had one excellent chase where they beat us thoroughly. One that they threw away from a winning position because they thought their formula works for all occasions and one that was made to look like a close loss because of some sloppy Indian fielding and an adventurous lowe
  23. I think that loss of form in the IPL messed up Shaw mentally. And, when he was in that slump, he was in no mood to practice. Think Ponting should have handled that privately and helped give the guy the tools necessary to handle failure, mentally. My guess is Shaw will have learned from this. He has taken the first step with fighting his way back by scoring in domestic tournaments. I really hope he does well this IPL.
  24. But the non-Indian captain with supposedly the best team and new ideas lost both his series. And if I remember right, he didn’t win a lot after taking over KKR either. Let’s see what he does in his first full year as captain of KKR. But I am yet to be convinced that he is on to something that the Indians haven’t caught on to. Also, as far as Gill goes- there is nothing controversial. He is essentially saying that he will do what the team requires him to do, rather than simply shoot for a strike rate. So, hypothetically, if his captain told him to get into aggressive mode, I don’t think Gill sa
  25. Rana and Hayat had good variations too. 150 mph forefinger fast ball when India was batting and the slow ones when the Pakistanis batted.
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