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Use ODIs to promote talents before playing them in Test

Use ODIs to promote talents before playing them in Test

by Manish Madhusoodan | Cricket | 29th Jan 2013


Blog, Facebook, Twitter form the online-media triplet using which one can express their views, ideas, and opinions to connect with like-mined people. Though similar in their approach they cater to different sets of audience. Blogs are methodically written discussions one issue at a time, Facebook is more for quicker and impromptu discussion with multiple updates. Twitter is a powerful way of putting your point of view in a short and rapid manner.

Just like Test cricket Blogs test the true character of the writer, his penchant for writing and his ability to play for long hours without a single run being scored. It allows a writer to construct and pace his innings like a batsman and yet build up enough pressure with some tight spells.

T20 is for the aggressor who likes the fast paced game and move quickly from one tweet to another without too many dot balls. You need to keep the scoreboard ticking even if the big tweets aren’t coming along. Need to be versatile yet accurate with your bowling, so that you can shift topics at will and yet be able to tweet on one topic for long.

ODI is a condensed test-match or an elongated T20, it’s the format which has a spot of every kind of player; it has enough for a writer to invest in short discussions and long enough to accommodate mult-dimentional tweets. As a bowler you still have multiple spells to back and prove and as a batsman you get enough scoring opportunities.

Just as its easy to start off with facebook and then based on your hunger switch between either blog or twitter, ODI is a best platform for any talent to mature. Here he is exposed to a mixture good and bad players and perfect blend of pressure and off-pressure periods. As a bowler you get enough time to settle in convert your energy from potential to kinetic. As a batsman you wouldn’t be facing the best for too long would definitely have the time to cash in on the weaker ones.

But sadly teams are using T20 as a medium to test and judge players, and the idea of anybody can play T20 is a flawed one. You need specialist at each position to excel, experienced to stay calm in intense moments yet produce the results, because it offers very little moments of retrospects and fewer comeback. With such a complex state it would be unfair on the debutant to be stay calm and not panic. Though the recent success of Bhuvi’s debut or Md Irfan comeback is an aberration to the theory.

T20 was not the right place to judge a Awana nor is T20 a platform for Rahane to excel. The former was put off by the initial hammering and never could recover, thought one can only wonder if he had started off in an ODI. Once could argue that he was a product of IPL, but IPL isn’t just a international team you still have sitting ducks there. Second example is projecting Rahane as a T20 player, he now is in a shadow of his false self. The real Rahane had high elbow and bat-pad close together and lent into the drive true endorser of Gavaskar’s words. But the pressure to perform and prove that he can and will accelerate have lent him into chipping to mid-offs or having a fielder between his bat-pad.

Hopefully one day Awana does get a chance in a ODI and doesn’t get written off and hopefully Rahane does play technically sound cricketing shots and does get into the test match arena.


(The writer is a software engineer in Sunnyvale, CA. All the opinions in the article is that of the author)