Shot Selection: Redefined in IPL 3

Is IPL about rush of adrenalin to throw the ball out of the ground, or is it a cool headed approach that makes the things count? Well, if one was to compare the performance of the veterans and the youth, who are playing in the IPL, it would be evident that pitted against each other is exuberance versus experience. And who is winning? Obviously, if one were to deduce from the way the matches are progressing, it is the veterans who are wining hands down. Take the example of Jacque Kallis or the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. They have stamped their authority on the IPL so far by the choice of shot selection as also by ensuring that batting revolves around them. Both these players do not figure in the T20 teams of their respective countries, and both are leading the batting table in the game so far.

In the match against Kings XI Punjab, though Jacque Kallis advised Robin Utthappa not to go for shots after he had hit a six, in the next ball itself, he ballooned the ball to long on for a simple catch. In the same manner Naman Ojha, the wicketkeeper batsman of Rajasthan Royals was going great guns in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders, before adrenalin rushed, and he was out on a very stupid shot. Suresh Raina did the same thing while batting against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

 Batsmen when they are on a song, forget the bowler who is at the receiving end would try to take revenge in the next ball, and statistics bear ample testimony to the fact that most of the wickets fall on the next ball, after the bowler has been hit out of the ground.

What is the operative psychology whereby rush of adrenalin in the moment defies the logic and the batsmen go for hara-kiri? It has to do primarily with the booing or encouraging audience that triggers the rush of adrenalin and the youth gets carried away in the heat of the moment forgetting the fact that if they stayed on the ground they can get more accolades from the public. After all, Kallis and Sachin perform in the same manner. It is the quantum of time spent on the ground that counts, as ultimately it sets the benchmark for performance. Or for that matter the batting prowess that Dhoni displayed in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders is a clear testimony to the fact that the batsman has to spend time on the crease and things would start falling in place on their own.

Would Raina, Ojha and Utthappa listen to the advise of their seniors?

By: Suman Rai

  1. i dont think seniors need to give advice always. Some advices are meant to be given but according to me suno sab ki karo mannn ki it is the best every one has their own style

  2. jeetendra bharati

    i m a orthodox left arm spinner, playing from santosh jedhe foundation of cricket. under couching of mr santosh jedhe who was the former ranji trophy player as wel as the great all rounder for maharashtra.
    i had play for ranjane cricket acadamy also wose founder is mr wasant ranjane former indian player an couch mr subhash ranjane.
    i did much performance like 12 wickets ,11 wicket n much more in 2daqys match of mca selection matches. as well as i had pick up 5 wickets hawl in 32 times in 1 day match .
    i know i m capable for this level just have a need of one chance.

  3. Sir, my name is gaurav anand a 19 year young boy from PATNA-BIHAR.
    Sir I am not writing to you for i want my selection in any ipl team or in indian team
    ‘coz i know that i deserve it and i’ll reach there although it may take a long time.
    sir the thing what i wanna say is that if u’ll help me a bit by giving a platform to prove me i’ll really be granted by your regards.
    sir i am a fast bowler having a capacity to take early wickets and can open the innings giving the team a confidential start……………………………..
    sir if you’ll give me any chance sir i will surely gonna prove my words worth………..
    sir my future is still waiting for your one decision so sir plz take this seriously.
    sir i am ending this letter hoping a soon reply from you.
    yours’ faithfully
    sir i am right now in bangalore………….

  4. shantanu wekhande

    sir maza nav shantanu wekhande aahe
    mi maharashtra u-19 la 2 vershan pasun hoto thi the mi selecation match la ek 100 aani ek 50 keli tari mala ghetal nahi . 2 sarya vershi mi 74 not out var asatana mala silector ni baher bolwal . mi doni vershi 1 st stand buy hoto
    mi opeaning batting karto aani off beark bowling karto
    mala fakt ek chance pahije aahe sir

  5. shahnawaz.syed

    Sir, my name is shahnawaz a 22 year young boy from KADAPA-ANDHRA PRADESH.
    I am a fast bowler 135 kmph having a capacity to take early wickets.
    If you’ll give me any chance sir i will surely gonna prove my words worth………..
    My future is still waiting for your one decision so sir plz take this seriously.
    I am ending this letter hoping a soon reply from you.
    yours’ faithfully

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