Over the 14 years in the Indian T20 League, we haven’t seen many bowler captains leading their franchises. There’s a trend that has emerged in the 2021 edition as well and nowadays, having your wicket-keeper batsman as your captain has become the new norm.
If we go way back to 2008, Shane Warne, who was the only bowling captain of the season, won his team the trophy. Since then we haven’t seen many successful bowler captains and there are plenty of reasons why. Here we take a look at them.
NOT THE BEST FIELDERS
Captains are usually the ones who set the standards in the field and put themselves in the inner ring to constantly be in contact with the bowler. Bowlers usually like to stay away from the red zone in the field and tend to take up positions in the deep near the boundary line. This seems to be a big issue when it comes to appointing bowlers as the captain of a team as the bowler isn’t usually your best fielder in the team and have to put themselves in positions where they don’t feel comfortable.
NOT A GUARANTEE IN THE XI
Bowlers usually get selected after considering the conditions on which the team is about to play their games. It’s usually the batters who get a longer rope when it comes to selection and we see consistency when it comes to their selection. But bowlers usually are picked on the ‘horses for courses’ strategy and can miss out on a few games here and there. Therefore, having your captain as one of the first picks in your team is imperative and unfortunately, bowlers get dropped more often than a batter.
DIFFICULT TO MULTITASK ALONGSIDE THEIR SPELL
Sometimes we come across bowlers who are so invested in their spells that whatever is happening around them is immaterial. Bowling is a way tougher art than batting and it is not physically possible for a fast bowler to make the important decisions whilst at the same time straining every sinew of his body physically.
For a batsman, this is simple. There is no difference between being captain and not on your batting. When you are batting you do your job as a batter and it doesn’t matter if you are the captain of the team.
For a bowler it gets a bit tricky as along with figuring out your own spell you need to keep an eye on the other bowlers as well and at the same time keep talking to different bowlers about different strategies. You constantly need to calculate the overs left and keep an eye on the position of different fielders and this level of multitasking is difficult for a premier bowler in the team.
Bowling takes a big toll on the body of a bowler and they tend to get injured quite often. A team needs consistency when it comes to their leadership and not having the guarantee of the availability of their captain is a big concern for any team. The workload on a bowler’s body is way higher than that compared to a batter, hence they are more prone to getting injured more frequently.
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