Top again and a not so liked batting order strategy
If it has to be singled out, it was a Robin Uthappa special today that took us to the top again. We started as favorites and we pretty much ruled once Uthappa got going. The turning points
a. Second drop catch of Uthappa, after which he totally killed the attack
b. Hayden runout
The Kallis Notout finally got out for the first time today We totally need him to continue with his top form. So I hope he is in business as soon as the next match.
His wicket exposed an interesting batting order strategy that we've had.
It reads: "Play in Rahul if Kallis gets out"
Both have solid defense and of course can up the ante if need be. So to say have the experienced Rahul or Kallis around and let the others play around them. Or so it seems.
This looks great on paper but am not too sure if its the right thing to do.
To start with am not a big fan of dynamic batting orders. It really helps if the players know who is going to go in next. Of course T20 is fast and there are times when batting order changes totally make sense.
In that case, I would like RD to come in when we have a batting collapse or when we need to safely chase down those dicey smaller totals. Not at all because RD cannot up the strike rate but because no one else comes close to him when it comes to playing solid cricket.
In the first match against KKR: Rahul coming in when we were railing 20/3 in 6 overs would have made sense (though it din't happen)
Today the time when Kallis got out we were striking just about 6 runs an over. There wasn't any batting collapse and the situation was to increase the scoring rate than to save wickets. In fact Kallis got out improvising.
If RD was simply promoted up the order (and there is no dynamic batting order) its a great thing to do! He has proven enough number of times he can bat at a great strike rate while playing good cricket shots. Plus he is in a great touch too. But if he is going to come in "situation" it has to be when we need to solidify not when Kallis gets out.
All this IMHO. What you folks think?