Dravid's RR strategy, a lesson for RCB
After the win agaisnt KKR, Dravid was asked why he went with all fast bowlers attack with no spinners and he smiles saying "look at their middle order. Wouldnot like to bowl spin to them so thought to bombared them with bit of pace" In that match RR were not at their best and KKR lost a match they should have won but the thinking of sticking to strengths of better fast bowlers than spinners, good technique strokemakers and putting the opposition in not used to conditions using the home advantage looks like excellent pre-match preparation! I failed to find such changes in RCB and would dearly like to know the thought processes during coaching and strategy.
I think our home game needs to have 4 seamers and a spinner. A new ball strike bowler, death bowling pair, and middle over containing pair. Murali Kartik the spinner, Moises the middle over Pollard/ kallis/Bravo job bowler, Vinay and RP keep their place doing fine so far at the death...So the crucial new ball strike bowler for me should be Ravi Rampaul specially at home. . Ravi is too underrated for his delightful record in T20 http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/content/player/52912.html , better at strike rate than Muralitharan, and handy hitter lower down. Unless any of the pack of Indian seamers having as brisk swing both ways and consistent wicket taking ability, Ravi needs to be in for Muralitharan who can replace him on turners at eden, kotla etc. As a Muralitharan fan i wish to have in him and Ravi together but Moises, AB, Gayle need to keep their places too. None of the battery of pacers promise to be as wicket taking and control the new ball as Ravi to still let the 4th foreign spot to Muralitharan.
RCB unlike RR, has unlikely linking with its ideas in auctions, home conditions, and its final playing team. M.Chinnaswamy is a pretty small ground, hardly turns, good bounce. The auction loaded in fast bowlers. But the bowling lineup has 2 spinners in Bangalore?! The batting collapsed in Hyderabad, the bowling was spiritedly good, but the revenge match plays a bowler more and a batsman less?! I think the coach likes "overall balance", "covering all areas" kind of thinking... Well in that case, the auction should have gone differently! The shot mistakes in fall of Karun Nair at no.4 and Mayank lower down against Sunrisers show less detailed work done by the coach on them according to the challenge Mishra and Steym will give them at their batting position, which even a couch critic like me can know of. 2 of the 3 games played so far have been too close to comfort and had the opposition being more silly than RCB.
I am a normal student-employee and just a avid cricket fan and have no credentials to challenge the professionalism of RCB coaching staff. But all I seek as a fan is more logic to the methods and explanations to often surprising actions.