A memorable marketing campaign within the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Tamil Nadu — the facet gained all its 9 matches within the league part — ended on a disappointing observe for Dinesh Karthik’s males within the closing. Host Karnataka romped house in Bengaluru.
Regardless of making all the correct strikes till that time, did Tamil Nadu get its technique mistaken within the summit conflict? Beneath a cloud cowl was it prudent for Tamil Nadu, defending a modest 252, to open its bowling with two off-spinners when the circumstances screamed for seamers.
Karnataka was off to a flier.
And with rain within the air, shouldn’t Tamil Nadu have slowed down the sport having its seamers on in order that when the rain got here down, the competition wouldn’t have progressed past the cut-off level of 20 overs and either side would have been adjudged joint-winners?
Within the occasion, spinners despatched down as many as 13 of the primary 20 overs — the overs ended shortly. And the facet’s trump card, R. Ashwin, bowled solely two overs. By the point rain ended the competition after 23 overs, Karnataka was forward on required run-rate.
Spin is the power
Speaking to The Hindu, the chairman of the State choice panel M. Senthilnathan defended Tamil Nadu’s techniques. “We’ve had appreciable success with spinners bowling upfront within the different video games. Our power is spin. It’s not as if we’ve got pacemen bowling at 140 kmph. We’ve our limitations with tempo. That’s the reason Dinesh [Karthik] started with spin. And Washington [Sundar] acquired a wicket too.”
Dwelling on Ashwin bowling solely two overs, Senthilnathan mentioned, “It’s laborious to foretell when the rain will arrive. Maybe, Dinesh would have wished Ashwin to bowl within the later levels of the innings.”
Senthil noticed the run out of B. Aparajith for 66 — at 178 for 3 within the 38th over — was the turning level. “After that we slumped and misplaced momentum.”
Speaking about Karthik, Senthil mentioned, “He’s the most effective we’ve got to steer, has the expertise and is revered by all. This has been a very good match for us. Aparajith batted properly, so did Abhinav [Mukund]. Washington confirmed his allround course of and Shahrukh was a revelation together with his hitting. In all it was a group effort.”
Tamil Nadu coach D. Vasu mentioned, “The toss was important. The pitch was damp and we needed to bat on it within the morning.”
Regardless of the setback on the closing hurdle, there have been loads of positives for Tamil Nadu within the season-opening competitors.