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20-Mar to 03-Apr
Should RCB try out Saurabh Tiwary as an opener?

Verdict

Specialist positions such as the opening slot should not be tinkered with. Saurabh Tiwary could definitely be useful higher up the order but the openers slot should be reserved for players like Gayle, Agarwal, Dilshan and maybe even Zol who have experience in that role.
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“ Saurabh Tiwary hasn't got a chance to play more than 5 overs to prove his talent. ”
“ T20 is all about finishing the innings well with big hitters like Saurabh Tiwary. ”
Allen Abhishek: Saurabh Tiwary was very poor in the middle order in the last season, lacking any consistency.

He looks like a player who can slog through 20 overs making him more suited to bat in the Power Play overs instead of at the end.

We have good batsmen coming down the order to cushion the innings if he fails at the top.
Parthasarathy Bhaskara: It will also make the balance of the lower middle order vary widely when there are no big hitters at the finish, we can use Mayank Agarwal who has already played in that position, as an opener.

RCB could also try playing Vijay Zol who opens for Maharashtra and once made a blistering 451* in an interstate game.

A left hand right hand combo at the crease is always a plus for the batting team.
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82 Opinions
gayle and kohili are suitable openers to rcb
05 Apr 2012
saurab has a attacking play
05 Apr 2012
its all about t20 who know who can win the match ............. you have to concentrate only ...... if saurab can do this he will become good batsman
02 Apr 2012
ya he can be better opener.
02 Apr 2012
Most importantly, He plays straight.. He can be good prospect for the opening pair... who can finish the game off with impunity...
02 Apr 2012
As per the statics, He has started as an opening batsman in his early career. But, then because of his big hitting ability.. became a regular member for the middle order. He needs time to settle himself at the crease. Even, with Mumbai Indians he was given time. That's why he was a big hit... :)
02 Apr 2012
s.tiwary would play more than 5overs
01 Apr 2012
dilshan n gayle shud open d innings coz both perform better as openers mayank agarwal can come n slog @ d death along wid tiwary....
01 Apr 2012
though its true he hasn got more than 5 overs but wasn dis d whole point of buying tiwary?? he was bought to wreck havoc in dos final overs. he hasn lived up to his potential lets wait what he does dis tym around....
01 Apr 2012
Yes, Anyways after Dilshan's arrival. He would play down the order. By that time if he gets his confidence back. It would be icing on the cake. :)
31 Mar 2012
why not till Dilshan comes in
31 Mar 2012
Tiwary have the ability to demoralized the opposed team
31 Mar 2012
He was out of form last season. But, if he plays alongside Gayle. He will get time to settle himself and play his shots at later point of time.
31 Mar 2012
He should b given opp to prove himself
31 Mar 2012
he played so many matches . he know how to finish games ...
31 Mar 2012
Saurabh is good opener player.
31 Mar 2012
its just bcz, he is a good hitter....
31 Mar 2012
well done
30 Mar 2012
good btsman
30 Mar 2012
“ Saurabh Tiwary hasn't got a chance to play SHOW his talent.
30 Mar 2012
saurabh tiwary cn really blast in power play overs..............
30 Mar 2012
he is a good choice for to open with gayle and by this mayank,pujara, mcdonold can play at 5,6,7..... It gives a great stability to RCB batting.......
29 Mar 2012
trying him at top s nt a bad idea,coz yu never knw wats der to grab untill yu try differently........
29 Mar 2012
yes he can.he is our hero
29 Mar 2012
Totally agree with allen
29 Mar 2012
In power play, the way he hit the ball i think gayle n tiwary will be the best opner for rcb till dilsan is not coming back.
28 Mar 2012
With a big hitter like Saurabh Tiwary, it's an advantage to have him out there first up when the field restrictions are in place. Even though he lacked confidence last season, he will certainly gain confidence once even his skiers start earning him boundaries due to lack of fielders beneath 'em.
28 Mar 2012
You need a firing start to finish something off
28 Mar 2012
Saurabh Tiwary hasn played much games...he has the potential of becoming a great player...since he is a big hitter obviously he should be tried as an opening batsman:)n i m sure he ll click as an opener...
28 Mar 2012
Make Tiwary Sit down in the pavilion and Give Chances for Asad khan or Cheteshwar pujara or Agarwal................................ Saurab Tiwary is a LAZY FIELDER,Dont Bother abt Money,Bother abt RCB,Bothr abt Karnataka,Give Chance to the Talented Batsmens PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
28 Mar 2012
saurab tiwary is not such a batsmen,who can come at the last moment
28 Mar 2012
saurab tiwary is not such a batsmen,who can come at the last moment
28 Mar 2012
in whole ipl he did not play in his natural style.he should be permoted as opner with gyle/
28 Mar 2012
should give it a try...........
28 Mar 2012
fine
27 Mar 2012
7.6 crores on Tiwary, according to me has been a national waste so far. He's been totally unreliable in the lower middle order. I'd consider opening the innings with him. May be he can at least exploit the field restriction conditions.
27 Mar 2012
Saurabh Tiwari is very good as a opner. he is the player who can perform at any position but if team try him on opning then he must perform.
27 Mar 2012
tiwary wont get much chance at 5
27 Mar 2012
surely yes
27 Mar 2012
Let him play opening with gilchrist.. we have dilshan and kohli for finishing.. but guide that stupid to not to surrender wicket very early..
27 Mar 2012
Yes, i agree...
27 Mar 2012
he is right person
26 Mar 2012
may be yes as he needs time for scoring
26 Mar 2012
ya very poor performance in the middle order. he should be sent opening. he is a waste batsman. atleast let him score 2 or 3 fours off the powerplay n get out. thats all he is capable of contributing. not worth 7 crores at all. waste of cash..
26 Mar 2012
He can go opening because he is an orthodox batsmen and if two left hand players go and mayank comes down lower the order he can fire in the 17th and also tiwary is firing batsmen if he and gayle start their rule rcb will easily win ipl So i think it is good for tiwary to come opening if iv done any mistakes pardern mee rishab
26 Mar 2012
yes
26 Mar 2012
Can take chance
26 Mar 2012
I think he should bat first to prove that he is big hitter
26 Mar 2012
he needs to build on confidence, so send him up the order so gets more time to bat
26 Mar 2012
Yes...we should try out and see if it works out for us. If not, we should trade him or show him the exit. It's been 2 years now right?
25 Mar 2012
sure he should play
25 Mar 2012
Saurabh has not been effective as a finisher for us !! so its time that we experiment with him.I think dilshan will not be available at some point and that time we must send n tiwary as opener and mayank agarwal as finisher.
25 Mar 2012
yes he should get a chance to play the match...
25 Mar 2012
this time rcb wins watch and see
24 Mar 2012
hfuvhibk
24 Mar 2012
tiwari should play at no4. ab should play at no5. gayle and dildhan will open the innings and then for no3, no4,no5 and for no6 we should use kohli,tiwari,ab,mayank
23 Mar 2012
2 down
22 Mar 2012
Saurabh Tiwary was very poor in the middle order in the last season, lacking any consistency. He looks like a player who can slog through 20 overs making him more suited to bat in the Power Play overs instead of at the end. We have good batsmen coming down the order to cushion the innings if he fails at the top.
22 Mar 2012
I think for few matches,he should open.Other send him at no.4. AB is experienced at can play well at no. 5.
22 Mar 2012
Why not?? 2-3 matches should b given to him to see how he implements himself as an opener.
22 Mar 2012
Yes Saurabh Tiwary should open fast. Frankly speaking, he had very poor IPL 4 and CLT20. Our middle order is decent , so if he settles in and adds stability at the top, it would help. Also he will gain in confidence if he plays more in the middle.
21 Mar 2012
tryn out smethn new is nt a prob....coz in powerplay he can free his hands and also dilshan wasnt at his best in d previous league... so a chance can b taken with dilshan at 3...
21 Mar 2012
Saurabh tiwary should come as opener and he will prove his talent
21 Mar 2012
May be one down Tiwary can play... But opening i don't think he'll stand for some time as he is a big hitter...
21 Mar 2012
saurabh is good t20 player he need to some in mumbai indians he play good at no 3 maybe good move by rcb best of luck
21 Mar 2012
He is a good batsman and not getting enough chances when he comes down the order. This will be the best move for RCB and as well as for him. He will be one of the top 3 scorer this season, if promoted as an opening batsman.
21 Mar 2012
of course
21 Mar 2012
We know Tiwary to strike the ball a long way, why not give him a shot at opening the innings ? It would be such a feast to watch Gayle and Tiwary destroy an entire bowling attack.
21 Mar 2012
It can work! Go ahead, he has fire and hunger to perform. We need ambitious players in RCB team. Let's give him a chance.
21 Mar 2012
Really he is waisted down the order. He should open with Gayle.
21 Mar 2012
Tiwary seems to be bogged down sometimes at the lower middle order...just try once..might succeed like Virendra Sehwag, Sachin or could create his own name
21 Mar 2012
yes, saurabh tiwari should go for opening , he is a very good player,at least he should get a chance........he'll do well,if he does n't , motivate him,this'll surely work
21 Mar 2012
He is a good opening Batsman specially for 20-20 format..
21 Mar 2012
@indcricfans - coming to your points how can soemone be under pressure while opening. Yes I do agree that openers have pressure on them to give a good start but not to forget they can bat right from start till end of 20 overs and in fact the batsmen coming in the middle order would have more pressure than an opener. In opening u can take even 2 overs to settle down and then play your shots freely. But when u come in middle order with a couple of overs left u cannot take time to settle down with even 1 ball to waste and have to go bang bang right from the time u come into bat. So a middle order would have more pressure than an opener to bat on and in that pressure as u mentioned he might not be able to justify himself well and score runs. When we have an experience batsman like Saurabh Tiwary why not give him a go as an opener and see him doing wonders for RCB
21 Mar 2012
Adding to my points posted earlier and as Monish also mentioned on the availability of Gayle and Dilshan, if either one is not available then Tiwary is a must as an opener. We need some experience at the top which neither Mayank nor Vijay Zol would have and Tiwary has the experience in him and can be a bright opener option for RCB and you need some experience behind you when you come out to open the innings.
21 Mar 2012
Give Tiwary a chance to bat at the beginning of the innings with Gayle. If it doesn't work out you've always got Agarwal or Dilshan to fill the slot!
21 Mar 2012
Exactly, Dilshan will join team only after April 11th, Gayle might be delayed playing for WI vs Australia if his talks with WICB go through. We need back up plans!
21 Mar 2012
Mayank hasn't played alot of matches like Tiwary.. Vijay is a new kid in the block and experimenting him would be hard..
21 Mar 2012
Hi People, We're talking if Dilshan or Gayle isn't available for whatever reasons..
21 Mar 2012
Saurabh Tiwary should be given a chance this year to open the innings for RCB. His talent would be wasted in middle order as he would get very few overs to play on and carry himself. If he plays as an opener with Gayle he can slowly pick his momentum and get going and if he can bat through 20 overs be it even 10-15 overs he could be a huge threat to the opposition. Most rightly Sourabh Tiwary should be given a chance top open the innings with Gayle.
21 Mar 2012
Tiwary is more experienced player thn Mayank so if Dilshan or Gayle isn't gonna be available for whatever reasons, Tiwary can stand up for the Opener Job..
21 Mar 2012
Vettori must out-think opposition and give it a shot. Tiwary can start, carry on and finish with a bang. Imagine having Gayle and Tiwary blasting off at both ends!
21 Mar 2012
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102 Opinions
dilshan
05 Apr 2012
if tiwary's current fitness is as last season, he should not be in playing 11
03 Apr 2012
Chris Gayle and T M Dilshan or Mayank Aggarwal must open for RCB
02 Apr 2012
AS GALE AND DILSHAN ARE DOING BETTER THERE IS NO NEED TO REPLACE THEM
02 Apr 2012
Gayle and Dilshan are doing a better job. Its unnecessary to experiment
02 Apr 2012
we have seen mayank come n attack @ d death so y nt try out tiwary as an opener dilshan can bat anywhere so he is always der if top order collapses... n v also have d mr.dependable kohli who is in d form of his life so it gives rcb all d flexibility if @ all tiwary does well den rcb will have d strongest batting line up....
02 Apr 2012
It will make the middle order slopy.Moreover our team was very sucessfull in past with tis pair gayle-mayank.So go with the same strategy:)
02 Apr 2012
and team like csk start with ashwin. so at that time dilshan is very useful. gayle can play defensive for some overs of ashwin
02 Apr 2012
i think rcb should go for dilshan/mayank as opener because i want left-right opening pair
02 Apr 2012
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02 Apr 2012
he should finish it off well to beacsue be it t20 or tests or one day openers and middle order have to bulid there innings and lower middle should finish it off and tiwary according to me cant build innings
02 Apr 2012
he should finish it off well to beacsue be it t20 or tests or one day openers and middle order have to bulid there innings and lower middle should finish it off and tiwary according to me cant build innings
02 Apr 2012
sourav tiwary is a middler batsman. and he is good in middle order when u going to play IPL why we will take risk
01 Apr 2012
a middle order batsman shudnt be put to open if openers are availavle
01 Apr 2012
as both gale and dilshan are power hitters they should be openers and saurabh can be given chance as opener to prove himself if dilshan wont play initial matches
01 Apr 2012
he is good in at no.5 or 6...... gayle is there no thn y waste a playr or risk him aftr knwng that v have a strong openers...
01 Apr 2012
no i think let go we are going!!! saurabh tiwary hits big and known for his game finishing talent!!!!
01 Apr 2012
We have excellent genuine openers why risk a new one when the old ones are so awesome
01 Apr 2012
no he is not suit for as a opener ...............
01 Apr 2012
attack
01 Apr 2012
in my opinion mayank should open with gayle.
01 Apr 2012
As RCB fan i say tiwary is hard hitter so he should be in at power play level means 1st 6 overs or last 5 over.
31 Mar 2012
Saurabh Tiwari is like Yusuf Pathan he shouldnt opent the innings he is a good hitter at the middle order he can come at no. 5 that is 3 down
31 Mar 2012
better we can try mayank agarwal as the openor
31 Mar 2012
Tiwary lacks consistency and he has proved us wrong on more than few occassions...we have not yet seen the best of this player...
31 Mar 2012
Last 5 overs turn the match upside down, if you don't play then you will never play.
31 Mar 2012
Anyday he is better than many foreign players, he has the potential and T20 is all about playing players with potential to perform
30 Mar 2012
attack
30 Mar 2012
he is middle order batsmen. if he play as opner it will not good
30 Mar 2012
Instead of him kaif shld be playing:) I ve lost hopes on Saurabh Tiwary :(
30 Mar 2012
the team needs him to finish the match as a match finisher....shd play down the order....
30 Mar 2012
i think virat will be a great option to open with gayle, a perfect opening left and right hand pair,sourabh can be tried at no 3 instead
30 Mar 2012
My Team :- 1.Chris Gayle 2.Dilshan 3.Virat Kohli 4.AB de Villiers 5.Saurabh 6.Pujara/Kalf 7.Azad Pathan 8.Vettori 9.Zaheer 10.Vinay Kumar 11. S Arvind
30 Mar 2012
In its FIRST Match of the IPL5 on APRIL 7TH against Delhi daredevils , RCB should go for GAYLE and AB Devilliers for the opening slot as Dilshan wil be busy with the National service.In place of dilshan they must select ANDREW MCDONALD .He is a very good allrounder and a hitter of the ball from australia and he had hit few good knocks in the completed T20Bigbash.
30 Mar 2012
At the top Gayle and Dilshan are the best .They wil take care of the job of destoryin the oppositions bowling attack in the powr play's.Its not a good idea to Shake there opening slot .Later down the line Virat,AB wil be there to consolidate the innings .If required they can hit the big shots too.Further down the line during the death overs we need the guys like Tiwary,mayank to clear the rope.In most of the matches played by mayank he jus got a very less time to play n some how when he got the chance he threw his wickt away after hitting 6 or 4 so he should work on building the small partnerships n later take an attack on the bowlers.Even our captain vettori can hit some huge ones. lets hope IPL5 CUP wil be in the hands of RCB.
29 Mar 2012
they should go with a solid opener at the top,one who can hold one end up when Gayle is blowing the opposition away..!!
29 Mar 2012
he was low on confidence last season so def he should not open the innings atleast till he himself is confidence enough.
29 Mar 2012
Quick runs needed in begining..that can't be done by him...
29 Mar 2012
U should keep Mayank agar wall as your opener!!!!!!!!!
29 Mar 2012
ya its right
29 Mar 2012
no... he is a finisher
29 Mar 2012
saurabh should not open
28 Mar 2012
I dont have confidence to send him as a opener
28 Mar 2012
Make Tiwary Sit down in the pavilion and Give Chances for Asad khan or Cheteshwar pujara or Agarwal................................ Saurab Tiwary is a LAZY FIELDER,Dont Bother abt Money,Bother abt RCB,Bothr abt Karnataka,Give Chance to the Talented Batsmens PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
28 Mar 2012
He is the person who was roped in to fill the role of a finisher! I hope he is stuck to that, because we neither have any space to accommodate him up the order nor a replacement guy, who can fill in his spot.
28 Mar 2012
saurabh tiwary's strike rate is not well in ipl in t20 matches.so i think he should not get chance as a opener in rcb
28 Mar 2012
i think he is suited for slog overs only.... its not good to send him as a opener.
28 Mar 2012
yes
28 Mar 2012
he shud play during death overs..coming 5 will b gud 4 him..
27 Mar 2012
yses
27 Mar 2012
yes
27 Mar 2012
Tiwary is a good match finisher..and he should continue with that....Gayle and Dilshan are best opening pair for RCB...with Mayank Tiwary as a backup...
27 Mar 2012
very cool man
27 Mar 2012
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27 Mar 2012
he good for ending moment of innings
27 Mar 2012
Saurabh Tiwary can play big shots in slog overs. Moreover, Mayank Aggarwal can support Gayle as opener.
27 Mar 2012
he is a big hitter n good timer u might need him in the finishing overs to get a achviable target 2 defend the score n th lower order will be strong...
26 Mar 2012
Already we have gayle,Dilshan,Mayank Agarwal as openers.....There must be some one down the order who can hit big when needed and it has to be tiwary.....So no change is needed
26 Mar 2012
Sourabh is a hard hitter. He cannot stand for long which is main as a oppener.
26 Mar 2012
The batting order is good now...only change we want is virat as a opener with gayle...
26 Mar 2012
when you have Dilshan and Mayank Agarwal, two amazing opening talents to compliment Gayle at the start, Tiwary at the opening slot wil be useless.. and in a T20 game, u can never tel what will happen...so we sould just use him gor Finishing.. and his talent lies there...this season , he might just come out good!
25 Mar 2012
no he is an great finisher we just have to motivate him and give more practice he will shine for rcb
25 Mar 2012
No ! We Want Virat to be the opener !
25 Mar 2012
I think getting him up the order will benefit the team, given his brutal hitting ability. He will be wasted down the order considering he won't have enough time to settle in, given our batting heavy top order. If Dilshan is away on national duty, makes sense to have Tiwary and Gayle open.
25 Mar 2012
When we do have a blasting open pair its foolishness to make tiwary da opener
25 Mar 2012
I THINK DILSHAN AND CHRIS GAYLE ARE THE BEST PLAYERS FOR OPENERS !!!
25 Mar 2012
he is a good finisher !!!!!! why put pressure on him !!!!
25 Mar 2012
We got openers in lights of Gayle and Dilshan.Its better to get Tiwary at 3rd position if Gayle gets out quickly..Otherwise we have Kohli.
24 Mar 2012
We have other openers in our ranks so there is no need to force Tiwary into being an opener..if you are not happy with him use Pujara instead no need to shuffle like this
24 Mar 2012
tiwari should play at no4 and ab at no5
24 Mar 2012
tiwary should bat @ 4 because v have got the best opening pair in the IPL .... THE STORM n the DIL ..... Kohli @ 3 tiwary @ 4 and AB to follow ...
24 Mar 2012
no he is not fit n can hit big shot when his luck is at high base he could play nicely in the death overs only. So in my view we need to play with the same team dilshan n Gayle.
24 Mar 2012
tiwary is better @ no.5
23 Mar 2012
Tiwary is always needed in the middle overs as he can adjust n can slog later. Saurabh is also good player of spin bowling so he can attack them in the middle overs. Gayle and Dilshan should open the innings followed by kohli, ab, tiwary, pujara... we need hitter like tiwary at death overs so he is not hte good option for opening slot.
23 Mar 2012
We have better choice than tiwary at opening
23 Mar 2012
tiwary has not performed well in any match.... he takes his own time to adjust ... since this is a t20, players should hit every ball for 4 or 6 during slog overs..
23 Mar 2012
this stratergy wnt workout for rcb, the rcb hav many experienced openers like dilshan, chris gayle, mayank agarwal.. rather than experimenting vit tiwari v can stick to our regular openers nyhw tiwari z known for hz finishing off in a style during last 5overs let him bat in the same position.. lets nt spoil the battin order..
23 Mar 2012
its not only hitting big shots...
23 Mar 2012
I think saurabh has lack of confidence
22 Mar 2012
ya i agree his primary reason to buy him was that he is hitter and now he has to prove it
21 Mar 2012
he is a slogger
21 Mar 2012
We have Dilshan nd Gayle as openers and they have delivered it successfully. Why have an useless experiment then??
21 Mar 2012
No he is not an opener and RCB should not try to open with him....
21 Mar 2012
He is not a good opener . pls dont disturb the solid openers like Gayle n Dilshan . i think he should drop from the team because of his inconsistency ..pls give Chance to youngster like Cm Gowtham,Vijay Zol ..... etc .. so that thy can prove their Skills.
21 Mar 2012
When given d chance...he does not perform.......how much else can we provide...???
21 Mar 2012
Tiwary does well at the end with strong knocks...It's pretty obvious that Gayle will be opening the innings, so it's better to have Mayank or Dilshan along with Gayle, since that would be a left-right combo!!
21 Mar 2012
left and right combination is good for opening like gambir and sehwag
21 Mar 2012
Why try any one else when u have Gayle and Dilshan..? If its d issue of 4 overseas players then u can try him with Gayle..
21 Mar 2012
We should not break right hand and left hand combination @ Top......so Chris Gayel will open for sure....so no need of one more left hand batsman as opener.. we should have flexibility like if Chris Gayle fails, the Tiwary can be sent..if dilshan fails, Kholi can be sent.... Whatever it may be at the top order...accordingally AB can play @ 4 or 5...
21 Mar 2012
saurabh tiwary is a finisher and has ability to hit powerful strokes at the end
21 Mar 2012
HE IS NOT THE MAN TO PARTNER GAYLE
21 Mar 2012
His game is not suited for opening position.
21 Mar 2012
No.. He shouldn't be used as an opener.. May be he can come in 1st or in 2nd down.. But as Kohli is in 1st down, he may come at 2nd down.. It may be better.. or else, he'll suffer a lot of pressure in the opening position...
21 Mar 2012
Left and right hand combination is much better than left and left hand combo
21 Mar 2012
@allen abhishek :then ther is Mayank agarwal Or vijay zol both of them r openers
21 Mar 2012
he should be kicked out from the team and bring back Uthappa by trading ... he is a good finisher..tiwary is fluke
21 Mar 2012
He should not be in Playing 11 , and never ever think of opening with him.
21 Mar 2012
I would not put him to open the innings ahead of Dilshan. Or wait, given his form in the last IPL, i would drop him!
21 Mar 2012
Opening is a specialist role and it is better to have a proper opener. True Tiwary hasn't got a proper oppurtunity but still would prefer him in the middle order adding fire near the end rather than in the start when we have the likes of Gayle and Dilshan.
21 Mar 2012
Dilshan and Gayle or Gayle and mayank agarwal are much better than saurabh tiwary and gayle combo....Tiwary shuld b left out of the team instead of him cheteshwara pujara or vijay zol or md kaif are much better option
21 Mar 2012
f dilshan and gayle r in the playin XI, i prefer they should open. kolhi, mayank, ab , tiwary can follow through, as seen before in MI , s tiwary has been an finisher for dem with big hitting, he hasnt been able to translate it with RCB. hope he does prove it mettle to be in the squad for a huge sum.
21 Mar 2012
No no no
21 Mar 2012