Too many bowlers
One day cricket is a batsmans game closely followed by fielding and bowling. However our one day cricket team is packed with bowlers and yet they get pulverized to all parts and corners of the field and the opposing teams always put up scores above 275 runs. Then, when it comes to batting, these bowlers cannot hold a bat straight and their contributions to the team in scoring runs is almost nil.
Therefore, the cricket authorities should seriously think of packing the side with specialist batsmen right up to number 9 and have only two recognised bowlers like Murali and Vaas. These two will be able to bowl 20 overs and the balance 30 overs can be bowled by recognized batsmen like Arnold, Sanath, Aravinda and Mahela. These recognized batsmen should have the ability, strength and intelligence to hit sixers whenever the occasion demands. Hard batting batsmen like Sanath Jayasuriya should not be always glued to the crease but should occasionally come out of the crease and attack the bowling.
During the World Cup matches of 1996, our team adopted a new strategy of pinch hitting during the first 15 overs land they succeeded. Therefore, during the 2003 World Cup, we should adopt a new strategy, that is to pack the side with specialist batsmen right up to number 9 or 10 and have less bowlers. Since with all the recognized bowlers, our team get pulverised. It is better to have less bowlers in the side and even if the opposing sides put up scores of 300 runs, our team with more recognized batsmen will then have a better chance to put up that score and win matches.
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