Sarwan wicket key to victory hopes

February 26, 2009 at 11:55 am 1 comment

Ramnaresh Sarwan has no doubt been the most in form player in any shirt, in this series. Averaging 102, scoring over 90 in all 3 innings, including two centuries, if anyone is going to stand in England’s way, it’s Sarwan. So how do you get him out?

Sarwan is someone who is vastly experienced, used to playing and performing in the conditions that are likely to face England at the Kensington Oval. However, like many top players, his main vulnerability lies when he comes to the crease. The key is to bowl straight outside off-stump when he comes to the crease and cut off ant scoring opportunities off his pads. Pressure needs to be applied immediately, as he, like most West Indian Batsmen, are prone to the rash shot in hope of relieving the pressure.

If England fail to get the early wicket, they need to continue bowling straight outside the off-stump. Sarwan’s favourite scoring shot is a cut outside off-stump, this shot needs to be restricted as much as possible. The bowlers need to get the West Indian on the front foot, limiting his scoring opportunities. This will increase the opportunities of an lbw decision, which will be in Sarwan’s mind, leading to a lack of footwork, increasing the chances of him getting a nick. England’s main weapon against the right hander has so far been Swann, who has dismissed him on all three occasions. There will be pressure on him to do the same again.

One thing on England’s side is Sarwan’s poor form on this ground. On 9 innings on this ground, Sarwan has scored 435 runs at an average of just 29. Which includes no centuries, 4 50s and a high score of 84 not out.

The key wicket is no doubt Sarwan, but England can’t ignore the other batsman. Gayle if he finds the right blend of aggression and stroke play, is capable of turning a game in their favour. However, he like the other batsmen has so far lacked the consistency to achieve series wins. Chanderpaul, has so far had an below average series, his current average of 25 is his lowest series average for 8 series, he may well be due a big score or continue the poor form, it is difficult to tell.

Sarwan has so far been the mainstay in the West Indies innings but if England get him out early, then their chances of victory will be significantly boosted.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Tohmas  |  February 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Im predicting another century for Sarwan. I think Broad is key to getting him out.


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