For a Batsmen, that’s not good.
For the 2nd best batsmen in the team, its ridiculous.
For a captain, Unacceptable.
Those are Mahela’s stats.
Out of those 10 matches, 2 have been against India, the other 8 against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
It includes a run of 3 ducks on the trot, all against Zimbabwe.
His last 4 innings include two golden ducks.
What does that spell – a form fucking slump.
So what gives?
Pitches ? Although Zimbabwe was tough, it was hardly seamers in England or bounce in Australia.
Bowlers? Barring Mortaza and Sakib, the rest were not even international standard.
Every batsmen has a chink in their armour. For Ponting its the rising delivery outside off, For Tendulkar its the ball that moves back in late.
For Mahela its the ball that flies 2 feet outside his off stump. This is a gaping technical flaw that seems to come and go in Mahela’s career.
For a few months, when he puts it away, and leaves those balls he looks sublime. No one knows how it happens, but it comes back just as easily as it seems to go away. When it does, you score 75 runs in 10 games.
In nearly 300 games he has only 10 centuries. They all tell a story.
What is strange is that he is better at leaving those balls in tests and in ODIs, maybe he feels he needs to get going from the off, but SL will be better served the longer he bats than how fast he scores those runs.
There is only one solution – the nets.
At this point Ricky Ponting’s gentle trundlers could get Mahela out.
The problem for Mahela is that India and Pakistan have fast bowlers a kazillion times better than Ricky.