Innovation is the name of the game not only in batting and bowling but also in thinking and planning. A surprise tactic can throw the opposing team out of gear and can constitute a sort of guerilla warfare. Any unexpected strategy that can throw the opponents off guard could be just the kind of stuff that can turn the game around perhaps decisively.
While these aspects are perhaps more applicable in the shorter versions of the game considering the limited time involved it could work wonders in Test cricket too. I well remember in this regard the Cape Town Test between India and South Africa four years ago. It was the decider with the teams being 1-1 and after four enthralling days the game was wide open going into the final day. South Africa required 211 runs for victory and off the last ball of the penultimate day they lost Hashim Amla which made them 55 for two. In overnight discussions the Indian think tank must have had the dismissal of Jacques Kallis - scheduled to come in at noRead More »from Fortune favours the brave