Saturday, November 12, 2005

Total cricket???

India thrashed Sri Lanka 6-1 in cricket, one of the most comprehensive series victories for the Indian team in the recent past. Also one of the very few series I was able to watch live in the past 2 years.

What was noticable was the amount of experimentation that the coach Greg Chappell did. The batting lineup was different for every match. For e.g. we had 5 different players coming in at no. 3 - Pathan, JP Yadav, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Sehwag. The question is - Is this experimentation a means of finding the best player for a spot, or Is there some sort of a permenance to this unpredictability.

Isn't this akin to 'total football'? Total football was a strategy implemented by the Dutch football (soccer) team in the 70s in which every player was capable of playing (and played) in every position on the field (barring the goalie :) ). It was a huge success, as the team reached unprecedented heights, reaching the World Cup finals twice consecutively in 74 & 78 (they never reached the finals before or after that).

'Total cricket' would be something very refreshing, something which the stale game of One day cricket desperately needs....

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