Vitality T20 Blast 2022 – Why Carlos Brathwaite And Samit Patel Tactically Retired In The Same Game

When R Ashwin Having retired himself while playing for Rajasthan Royals against Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022, it quickly became clear that his decision would be a Seismic moment in T20 strategy, Analysts and coaches have long debated the merits and drawbacks of tactical retirement, but a high-profile player calling one high-profile has helped destroy the move.

Brathwaite and Patel’s retirement was only the fifth and sixth such wicket in T20 history. According to ESPNcricinfo’s comprehensive database, and none of the last four had happened in the same match. With the game shortened to eight overs, the wickets were significantly devalued and both the teams were ready to adapt accordingly.

Braithwaite was the captain of the Bears Working as a pundit in ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time: Out show That’s when Ashwin opted to retire and declared his support for the move. “How many times have we thought, ‘Yeah, he batted too much off five balls, couldn’t get it away, couldn’t get out, and we’ve lost a little bit of momentum as a result’?” They said. “I think it was great from the Rajasthan side. Going forward, it is something that we will probably see a lot more… It is something that will become part of the game.”

On Sunday, Brathwaite hit an unbeaten 17 off 11 balls for a six in the last ball of the seventh over – when he saw that Calvin HarrisonThe legspinner at Notts was given the eighth and final over of the short game. Harrison, who was specially bowled to Brathwaite, had only six runs in the first over and had beaten him outside the off-stump three times.

Brathwaite was clearly aware of his own struggles against legspin: Since the start of 2020, he has faced 98 balls against legspinners in T20 cricket, scoring 67 runs and getting dismissed eight times Huh. he went and called Sam Hanno – who has averaged 57.50 against legspin in the same period with a strike rate of 135.29 – to replace him.

“Carlos isn’t a big sweeper and I think he thought someone else would have attacked him a little better,” Peter MooresNotts head coach told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s a very selfless decision by a captain because everybody wants to be the man to hit it out of the park but he faced the first over and found it tough – Calvin bowled a really good over at him – and I think is that he decided to let someone else crack it.

“We could have bowled to someone else if we wanted to – there’s nothing to stop it. It doesn’t happen often. We know Carlos is a great striker of a cricket ball, so it’s a big decision but I think that most people make these decisions instinctively, and he clearly felt he would let someone else go.”

The final over cost 18 runs, although Hahn (batting at No. 6) was not faced: Chris Benjamin was dismissed on the second ball, four on the first ball, before Alex Davis scored at No. 7. He hit a six, two fours and a four and ended on an unbeaten 14 off four balls.

“The rule is there and so I think it’s fair to use it. People comment about it, that and others. But for me, when Carlos is gone, it’s not a problem.”

Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire coach

In the run chase, Brathwaite conceded only eight runs in the final over and Notts needed 15 off the last ball, an equation that turned into a final-ball six to win. Craig Miles bowled a high full toss which Patel only bowled to the leg side for a single and the Bears began to celebrate, only to see that it was given as a no-ball for the height.

Back on strike with Tom Moores left to win three (a no-ball is worth two runs in English domestic cricket instead of normal) and Patel, at the non-striker’s end, went on to be replaced by Harrison, A fast runner. He charged for one but Moores could only dig a Miles yorker for extra cover, leading to a one-run win for the Bears.

“Calvin was still in the dressing room because he wasn’t on the next ball and had no relevance with the six off the last ball,” explained Peter Moores, “but with the no-ball, Alex Hales walked out onto the balcony and looked pour more on me [Christian, Notts’ captain] And we nodded and signaled for Calvin.

“The committee realized what was going on and we turned it around. Kelvin has had a few years on the committee and we know an extra yard is enough when it comes to run outs. That made sense at the time. It was a quirk in the rules, but it made sense at the time.”

Patel’s retirement earlier this year is reminiscent of another incident that saw Jordan Silk retires injury in similar circumstances, Silk was sent off to target a leg-side boundary in the final leg of Sydney Sixers’ BBL Challenger final game against Adelaide Strikers, before pulling a hamstring in the ground.

When he found himself off strike with two runs required before the final ball, he was replaced by a perfectly fit batsman in Jay Lenton; While Silk was officially retired hurt, due to his injury, the situation was effectively the same as at Edgbaston. Incidentally, Christian was in the dugout of the batting side on both occasions.

“It’s one of those quirks that you can really only see them getting used to the shorter formats because otherwise the wickets are very valuable,” Moores said. “It has to be a unique set of conditions and a short game like this has a higher chance of being thrown in than a full T20 game. I don’t think we’re going to see much of it because I don’t think the circumstances Too often these are going to happen in such a way that it looks like there is going to be a competitive advantage.

“The rule is there and so I think it’s fair to use it. People comment about it, he and others. But for me, when Carlos is gone, it’s not a problem. I don’t think it will.” A lot of times. If that’s going to happen, it’s really going to be in those small games because otherwise people value a lot.”

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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