Deccan v Rajasthan, IPL 2010, Nagpur

When there's a Warne, there's a way

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April 5, 2010

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Shane Warne's 4 for 21 turned the game, Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2010, Nagpur, April 5, 2010
Shane Warne created a stage of his own where the batsmen were his marionettes and he was pulling the strings © Indian Premier League
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Once again Shane Warne won a match with his aura and never-say-die spirit - two traits even his rival captain and one-time Australian team-mate Adam Gilchrist admits he is envious of. From a seemingly hopeless situation at the chase, Warne brought himself on, and with every one of his allotted four overs he pulled the momentum towards Rajasthan.

Like all of Warne's spectacles this was nothing short of drama. It was a low score to defend. So it was futile wasting time, fussing about how many runs Rajasthan fell short of an ideal target. Instead, he loaded the team with hope: apparently each time Rajasthan have scored a minimum of 160 they have won the game. If they were 10-15 runs shorter, the team had to throw themselves at everything. That was the only way Rajasthan could win.

But Gilchrist punched his weight straightway to put Deccan in a comfortable position before he vanished to an awful shot. Deccan were still on course for a victory, needing 74 off the final ten overs with eight wickets still in hand. But Warne had not yet bowled. Finally, he arrived in the 12th over but was pulled for six by Rohit Sharma. In his usual fashion, Warne spat into his hands, rubbed his palms on the turf and returned to his mark. Next over, after being pulled for a four by Anirudh Singh, he slipped in the quicker one, the slider, to induce an edge.

Warne had found his mojo. The big legbreaks returned, the pace was varied smartly. Like always Warne charmed his opponent with flight and tempted him equally. Dwayne Smith and Ryan Harris fell into the black hole created by Warne. It was not that Warne was bowling unplayable deliveries, but, just like on numerous occasions in the past, he had created a stage of his own where the batsmen were his marionettes and he was pulling the strings.

"It is all about the right ball at the right time," Warne said later during the media briefing. "It is not your best ball: no point trying to bowl big, ripping legbreaks and somebody nicks it and it goes down for four. It is all about setting him up: fast, fast, slower one up, trying and tempt one into it," he explained.

When Warne finished his quota, Deccan were still in a commanding position, needing 19 off the last two overs. But more than his bowling, it was his leadership that clinched the match for Rajasthan. All through the contest he kept cajoling, back-slapping, shouting, screaming and motivating his troops as he knew the enemy was ready to blink and they needed to be in the right position to pull the trigger.

But some nerves were tender. Especially Morne Morkel of South Africa, who failed to listen to his general's commands. Off the penultimate ball of the penultimate over of the match, Warne had set a field for a short ball and asked Morkel to aim for Rohit's head. Instead, Morkel delivered a lame, fuller-length delivery, which resulted in a straight six. Warne, the exhibitionist, showed his anger on the big screen. "I said knock his head off," Warne said. "I got everyone up this way (off side) and everyone back (on the leg side) and the plan was to bowl short, and he bowled a half volley."

But Warne walked up to the bowler and asked him a calm question. "I said to him 'what's the most important thing, mate?' The answer was "This ball." Warne agreed.

That skill to never allow his emotions to take of hold him has always seen Warne conquer the moment, conquer the batsman and turn matches and series on their heads. Considering there are only a few who possess that quality, Warne is hence part of cricket's pantheon. "It just can't be one person," Warne said. "[Even] If I believe, I still got other guys to believe [in themselves]."

But Gilchrist agrees the genius of Warne is possible only because the man has a big heart. "The aura, the spirt. I have had some pretty fun times standing behind the stumps, watching some startled rabbits in the headlights," Gilchrist said, in praise of his opposite number. "He bowled really well and led his team extremely well."

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Posted by   on (April 9, 2010, 0:16 GMT)

Warnie is a wise captain who knows the strength and the weakness of his team and team members. Accordingly he rotates his limited talent sources.

Posted by RahulSNair on (April 7, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

Does this loss mean that Deccan is out of the tournament for sure? I know it's improbable but what if DC win the next five games in a row?

Posted by trip_trap on (April 7, 2010, 6:18 GMT)

Australia will forever rue the fact that Warne didn't captain the national team in any format.

Posted by rhuler on (April 7, 2010, 1:25 GMT)

Fazal was stupid to go for 1 more big hit when they already had 12 runs in that over. Keep the wickets. Between 7 and 12 runs is good enough per over. Their batting can fold up like a house of cards. Here is good team I think. Deep batting Ohja,Lumb,watson,fazal,pathan,voges,asnodkar,junjun,warne,trivedi,dole.

Lumb, Pathan and Voges can do the big hitting. The rest should make sure, warne doesn't have to come to the crease.

Posted by rhuler on (April 7, 2010, 1:13 GMT)

BDHunter, you are very right. There is no need for A. raut. They should try asnodkar. But Lumb has given them a good start more than a few times. Voges is good as well, since he provides some batting firepower and helps with his spin. Tait is very expensive; a hit/miss. Dole got 2 very important wickets in the last match providing them with a breakthrough. Also, while Dole is still new, his economy would be somewhat better.

Yusuf will continue to be an ordinary batsman for the time being, just like Afridi was after hitting his first fast century. Perhaps they get too consumed with keeping that image of a big hitter. The ball does go miles when he connects but he needs to be a little picky on which balls he wants to swing at. The teams morale kinda depends on him batting well. It will be a while before he matures though. Like Afridi has now. Sending the bouncers over the keepers head would be a good tactic. If he comes early - play sensibly. If he comes in 15-16 over, go bezerk.

Posted by Q72941 on (April 6, 2010, 22:24 GMT)

Like I mentioned before Warne is the best skipper Australia has never had. With his IPL credentials there is no doubt that he is the greatest Cricketer of the Century.

Regardless RR wins IPL 2010 final or not they have given more nail biters than any other team in any tournaments around the world.

This has to be due to the inspiration that Warny must instill in his group of lads. To be honest, when RR was first formalize, everyone considered them to be Lamb for the Lions but they proved everyone wrong by winning the Cup. Second season many thoughts that they were lucky winning whatever but this season with all the thrillers, it proves that luck favors the braves.

It is yet to be seen when would Warne loose his "Touch of Midas"! Being somewhat a RR fan I hope he doesn't but being realistic I know he would be as mere mortal as just anyone else. But before his time comes I keep anticipating few more tricks out of his bag. Good Luck to Warny & the boys.

Posted by Q72941 on (April 6, 2010, 21:23 GMT)

Like I mentioned before Warne is the best skipper Australia has never had. With his IPL credentials there is no doubt that he is the greatest Cricketer of the Century.

Regardless RR wins IPL 2010 final or not they have given more nail biters than any other team in any tournaments around the world.

This has to be due to the inspiration that Warny must instill in his group of lads. To be honest, when RR was first formalize, everyone considered them to be Lamb for the Lions but they proved everyone wrong by winning the Cup. Second season many thoughts that they were lucky winning whatever but this season with all the thrillers, it proves that luck favors the braves.

It is yet to be seen when would Warne loose his "Touch of Midas"! Being somewhat a RR fan I hope he doesn't but being realistic I know he would be as mere mortal as just anyone else. But before his time comes I keep anticipating few more tricks out of his bag. Good Luck to Warny & the boys.

Posted by Ulio on (April 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

Anyone can win a match with a likes of Hayden, Dhoni, Murli, Bollinger, Hussey. But winning a game with a likes of RR team is not an easy task. I think Gambhir forgot the fact that even a fan like me can get a team like his DD to some spot. The real captain is the one who can lead an unknown composition of players and take them to victory that is the reason I always support Rajasthan Royals.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

Twist in the tail for the Deccan Chargers.. I thought they would be safely home...but some non-sense from R.P. n nerves from Rohit... It will take some doing for Rohit to mature. It is important to realise that you need to have a good brain to be a good player n not necessarily have extra-ordinary talent.. Collingwood is an example Rohit should learn a lesson from... Anyways nice bowling frm Warne.. He changed the course of the game on his own... Full credits to him.... But feeling sad for Gilly.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

@robheinen <<consider myself extremely fortunate to live through the entire Warne era. Awesome.... | { I don't think I'd say the same of the Mutralitharan era }>>

For once can we not compare the two entities of Murali and Warne and just let Warne have his day in the sun without bringing up Murali and starting a debate.

Murali is an amazing bowler and so is Warnie.

Can't it just be that way without the need for incessant arguing.

Thank you.

P.S Good on Warne for showing heart in the IPL....It lets the legends of our times a nice send off instead of being chopped off the national teams.

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