Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Can KP comeback to form?
I see that England's selectors have dropped KP from both T/20 and the one-day side, though him venting his frustration on twitter became more of a front page news. Oh! don't these social networking sites bring the worst out of people? Anyway, let us comeback to the topic on hand and that is, whether it was right to drop KP and can he comeback to form?
I don't think there is any doubt about KP not being in good form in the last 18-20 months. His form in one-day cricket has been rather poor as he hasn't even got a fifty in his last 17 matches and his test form hasn't been bad but he has rarely looked at his best. Yes, his T/20 form has been good as he won the player of the series award in the world cup, but won't it be better to play county matches than to play hit and giggle cricket?
So, a question would also arise about how could a player who was on the top of his game suddenly lose his form? I just don't think KP hasn't yet recovered from whatever happened between him and Moores in 08/09. I think he stands vindicated about Moores not being a good coach as England are doing better after he left the scene and even Lancashire aren't doing any better under Moores, but it has surely hurt his ego as ever since that fiasco, he hasn't looked at his best and his game has gone to pieces. KP'S achilles injury didn't help him either as that was a very bad injury and it clearly affected him on the tour of South Africa. I still wonder whether England's management rushed him back too quickly to play international cricket as he clearly looked short of match fitness in South Africa.
Another point to note is, nowadays KP doesn't look to play his natural instinctive game. He is at his best when he comes out with a positive attitude and looks to play his shots. The Moores episode didn't help him, nor does the fact that many so called experts want him to play a different game. For instance, if Sehwag tries to hit a six in Srilanka and gets out when he is on 99 everyone says that it is his natural game, but if KP tries to smash Benn when he is on 98 and gets out, the reaction can be a little bit different lol! KP is a guy who always seems to attract attention and him being a Saffer never helps.
Now, the next question is, can KP comeback to form? Having seen KP's batting for a longtime, I still maintain that I don't see much wrong with his technique, but what he needs is to spend some time in the middle before he starts playing his natural game. Yes, some are saying that he has been worked out, but the fact is, as he is England's most talented batsman, opposition teams tried very hard to get his wicket and when a batsman is out of form, he would look out of sorts and short of technique. For instance, at Lord's he tried to drive a wide delivery with his front-foot struck in the crease and got out, but the same KP was creaming the world's best bowler Steyn to the boundary by playing cover-drives couple of years ago. It just shows that he needs to spend some time in the middle, which would help his confidence and his footwork.
If KP can get some runs for Surrey and if he again starts loving the game, he can comeback to form. His technique is still good enough, he likes to play on the rise which should help him in Australia and moreover, he scored about 500 runs against a much better attack on England's last trip to Australia. England's management too would surely like KP to fire again as he is still key to England's chances in the Ashes. He is one batsman in the line-up, who can take the attack to the Aussies. He is a crucial player for the WC too as in India, scores of around 300 is a par score and England at present have a batting line-up made up of Bopara, Trott, Strauss and company, who all have strike-rates in low and mid 70's. Finally, I just hope that KP gets his form back as when in form, he is a treat to watch.