In one day cricket there is a total of 300 balls for each side. Victory and defeat depends upon how many of these balls yield a score and how many are wasted as dot balls. The more the dot ball the less the chances of victory. In one day cricket, unlike in a test match, not even one ball can afford to be wasted. The last twenty runs of a century invariably involve more dot balls than a team can afford. In the match against India, with both batsmen on 50, with ten wickets in hand, and knowing India’s batting strength, the strategy should have been to speed up the scoring, go for boundaries even at the risk of losing a wicket. But the two batsmen continued to play cautiously with their centuries in mind. You can either create records or win matches. Tendulkar wasted more than 30 balls for his last 15 runs and gifted the match to Bangladesh. The instruction to the batsmen should be to open up after scoring 50 runs unless there are not many wickets in hand. With ten wickets in hand, to not to go for 4s and 6s was criminal. Statistics in one day cricket are meaningless. When in the last five overs the batsmen are playing hara-kiri shots, should the bowlers be given credit for getting their wickets?
Lahore, March 19.