Beyond the blitzkrieg, the men who matter

While it's easy to be swayed by the long list of batsmen whose strike rates hover around the 150-mark, teams have started to realise that there is room for at least one man with a strike rate of 100 or thereabouts. And this man is often the difference between winning and losing.

updated: September 18, 2012 11:42 IST
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In everyday life - work, family, friends - there is always that one person: the crisis manager.

At work, in your team, you know that one person is crucial, even if you only need him or her once in a way. In a journalistic set-up, for example, there will be great investigators, or writers, or editors. And then, there will be someone who is competent at one or more of these things but, come crisis time, steps up and takes the lead. He is the team's Javed Miandad. Or Steve Waugh. Or, for a more recent example, Rahul Dravid. Flamboyance might not be their forte, but if you want your life saved, or a crazy deadline met, they'll be there.

Anyway, the point of all that rambling is to examine if there is room for those Miandads and Dravids of the world in Twenty20s - more specifically at the World Twenty20. Or is it all about Chris Gayle and Kamran Akmal and David Warner and Yuvraj Singh and Tillakaratne Dilshan?

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