Shaun Pollock A dot ball in Twenty20 is like gold. It's very much anything goes - anything that you can do to try and restrict the batsman and not allow him to score freely is the goal.
SP Definitely. But the bowler doesn't need to get too upset if a batsman gets hold of him. You can only do so much. In Twenty20, the batsmen are looking to express themselves more than in the other forms of the game. From time to time they are going to get it right and life's going to be difficult as a bowler.
SP Yes, sure. You've got the opportunity to make a difference, and if you find that the things you try work, you're going to have a big impact on the game. I still think you should pick your specialist bowlers to do the job, even though it is only four overs. You really have to get going from ball one. There's no time to get into a spell. It is basically 24 balls you get, and if you are on top of your skills you can play a big part.
SP That all depends on how the game goes. Sometimes in Twenty20 you can have a few wickets down quickly, and then you can look to attack. Then there are times when the opposition gets a rollicking start and you look to defend. You've got to think on your feet.
SP The task is to keep the score to the minimum during the Powerplay. It may seem like just a short part of the game but Twenty20 cricket is like a sprint, so if teams get off to a good start that sets them up for big scores. So the Powerplay overs become very important.
SP There'll be a bit of assistance for the bowlers - compared to wickets in England and India - with a little bit of bounce, so there might be some assistance for the new ball.
SP You can definitely adapt. It's still very important to have someone who assumes the sheet-anchor role and allows the other batsmen to express themselves around him, because when two new batters come to the wicket it's never easy to keep the momentum going. One person is scoring at a good rate, but you need someone who can spend a bit of time out there. That's where the specialist batters will come into play. As for the shot-making, I feel the ones that you play day in and day out on the cricket circuit are the most profitable for run-scoring. I don't think you have to come up with innovative shots. You just need the batters to play with freedom, keeping wickets in hand.
Nagraj Gollapudi is assistant editor of Cricinfo Magazine