why a bowler gets branded as test match bowler…?

shared by straight point on Saturday, August 08, 2009

i came across this headline...

amit mishra refuses to be tagged test specialist...

"I want to remove the tag of being a test specialist," Mishra said. "For the last two seasons, I have performed well in the shortest format of the game, which is more challenging than the ODIs. I have worked on my batting as well and I think I can be very handy in 50-over games as well."

one can sense the desperation of this small little unglamorous but earnest bowler...he is literally pleading to be given at least a chance to prove that he can be good in limited over games as well...

for the ones who do not know...amit mishra was the second highest wicket taker in emerging players trophy in australia...which happens to be a limited over tournament...

this got me thinking...being a batsman myself...i can understand why a batsman is branded as a test batsman...

one who’s technique is too solid to be considered for the unorthodoxy of limited over games...one who gets stuck in the crease coz he cannot rotate the strike enough...one is considered slow in running between wickets when the pressure of converting singles into two’s is even more...and the one who when the time comes to up the ante...don’t have strokes to match the requirement of situation and hence his strike rate is very low...

but why a bowler gets branded as test match bowler...?

when bowler hardly gets surface which support his style of bowling and he has to rely on line, length and variations to get that wicket...

if a bowler can dismiss the batsman when there is no added pressure on him to score quickly…and is cautious to settle in for a long haul...

if a bowler bowls attackingly but takes wicket then even on that account he can’t be branded as test bowler coz we know that nothing slows the scoring rate more, than a wicket...

then on what count you can play him in tests but not in odis and for that matter even in t20s...?

or is it just an excuse to keep unfavorable, unglamorous but earnest players like amit mishra...danish kaneria...out of team without giving them due right to fail...?


6 comments:

Ottayan said...

Good way to keep some bowlers out of the ODI squads.

straight point said...

indeed OTT...

sometimes i wonder how one feels when his career is at the mercy of whims and fancy of others...

Christopher Poshin David said...

Nice pic,

But Mishra has to understand that test cricket is more important than ODIs and with Bhajji there ODI is out of da question......

straight point said...

...and how many tests india plays throughout year...cpd...?

if his skills can be utilised better in odi over a dart bowler that bhajji has become then why not...?

also it will offer some competition to bhajji who has grown complacent coz he know his place in the team is given...

Som said...

I would tend to believe that me and MSD think on the same line, being gentlemen between ourselves, about this puzzling case of why a spinner gets Test tag ans is considered a leper in ODIs.
For that, Mishra has to convince us that he can't actually turn the ball and rush through his overs within five-and-half minutes, without conceding a four and without taking a wicket either. I think 6-0-18-0 is an excellent figure, compared to say 6-0-25-2. Who needs wicket?
And for god's sake, no big turn please. Save it for Test cricket, it looks good there only. ODI is a serious business where flippancy like googly and genuine leg-break have no place. Hope Mishra gets the point.

straight point said...

specially the man behind wicket is allergic to the actual spin...having got accustomed to keep on dart bowling ala bhajji...?

hahaha...som you have cracked my dilemma the way only you can... :)

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