What a T20 side needs
So everybody knows about the T20 World Cup which is coming now right? So now here I’m about to give some advice on what a good strong T20 side needs. So here we go:
1) Always have a 6th and 7th bowler : A 6th and 7th bowler can be very useful and can offer a hand should 1 or 2 of your bowlers go expensive. If you have a fragile, or inexperienced bowling attack, then you must have 2 back-up bowling options. Chances are that you won’t have to use them, but better safe than sorry. You can either use your 6th and 7th bowler up-front and run through a few overs just in case, or keep them until 1 of your bowlers go expensive. These back-up bowlers need not neccisarily be fully-fledged all-rounders, but simply batsmen who can bowl, like Tillakaratne Dilshan or Virender Sehwag.
2) Play experienced bowlers over experienced batsmen Just as important as it is to have good experience in your batting, it’s very important to have experience in your bowling. Also on slow pitches, it’s important to have a bowler who can use the conditions to his advantage. And other than that they can give advice to the younger bowlers of the side, and also be the ‘go to’ man if the bowling plans don’t work. This is very relevant because even if your batsmen put up a sturdy total, it’s important to be able to back it up or else the opposition will plunder your bowlers. A vivid example of this is when the Deccan Chargers played 4 overseas batsmen and despite putting up a daunting total of 187-4, Delhi Daredevils chased it comfortably in 16.4 overs. All because of inexperience in the bowling lineup. So no total, not even 293 is useful unless you are able to defend it. So its always important to have an experienced bowler in your bowling attack. People like Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga fill that role with pleasure.
3) Always play bowlers who can bat: Having bowlers who can chip in a little with the bat is great in all 3 formats of the game, especially in the T20 format. The special part about having a strong tail, is that they can hit the ball well, irrespective of the pitch conditions, and give you a bit of extra insurance in conditions where the pitch is slow, or high scoring. So if you have 1 or 2 bowlers in your lineup who can bat, then you can be assured of a few runs extra down the order even if you lose a few batsmen cheaply. And in the T20 format, even those few runs can be the margin between victory and defeat. Bowlers like Vinay Kumar and Praveen Kumarare good at this.
4) Always have good fielders: In the T20 format, it’s very important to save as many runs as possible in the field, because in T20s, the results can be decided by a margin of even 1 run. And also good fielding can choke the batsman for runs, forcing them to do something rather rash and get out. Also, very quick fielders can turn singles into wickets, and win lost games. And other than that, the runs saved on the field will come back as a bonus on slow or high-scoring tracks. Also, even if you are unable to include all of your more better fielders in your playing eleven, then you must use them as substitutes for slower fielders. players like Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers are some of the greatest fielders of our time.
5) Always have a fully-fledged all-rounder: It may be the last point, but is easily the most important. You must always have an all-rounder who can be equally dangerous with both ball and bat. This is very useful as he can run through 4 overs for your side, as well as hit some runs for you with the ball. Also an all-rounder can be the pivot around which your side is balanced. For example the Chennai Super Kings side was balanced around their all-rounders Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo, who did their job very well. Another few such all-rounders are Jacques Kallis and Andrew McDonald. Both of them, put in a situation, can fire with both ball and bat. And if they fail in any 1 department ,you can trust that they will do well do well in the other.