During the second Twenty20 between India and New Zealand, Ravi Shashtri could not go two minutes without mentioning the need for “partnerships.” It’s one of those concepts that commentators love to talk about, but comes across as so much banal stuff. It’s like saying — “What India needs now is to score runs”; or “What India needs now is to win.” Right.
Sidharth Monga does a much better job fleshing out the details. He notes the dynamics that have to happen for a partnership to develop — one person must be humble, and tick over the score, while the other needs to feel safe and willing to take risks. Monga thinks that Dhoni and Tendulkar are the bedrocks, while Yuvraj, Sehwag, and Raina will be the aceclerators. Interesting stuff.