Michael Bevan was considered one of the best run-chasers of his time.
Run-chasing in the game of cricket is always considered difficult, owing to the constant pressure attached while calculating and scoring the required runs. Be it any format, it can bring the best out of the players under pressure and create chaos in the middle. While a few great players from top cricketing nations have stumbled in run-chasses, one player though thrived on it – Michael Bevan.
The southpaw was a master of the run-chases in the late 90s and the early 2000s. Often he would bail his team out and win matches on his own by staying at the crease right till the end. Who can forget the ICC 2003 Cricket World Cup match between England and Australia, when ice-cool Bevan scored an unbeaten 74 runs and took his team home along with fast bowler Andy Bichel with just two balls to spare.
It was a masterclass in run-chases and one of the best knocks by Bevan that too in a World Cup match. He finished his ODI career with more than 6000 runs at an astonishing average of over 50. Whenever Australia lost their top-order wickets quickly, the southpaw would make sure to bat with the tailenders and remain not out, to take the team over the line.
Michael Bevan’s tips to master a run-chase
On Monday, August 2, Bevan tweeted a few tips on how to ace run-chases. The first pointer is choosing appropriate batters for each batting position. This is very important considering, how some of them like to bat in certain positions and their records at that slot too, which makes the management go for the same batter in that particular end.
The second point is to have small goals at the start, middle, and end. With the 50-over format a longer one, it becomes essential for the batters to keep small targets in mind and then take one over at a time. The third point is about having enough scoring opportunities like the boundaries, sixes, and taking singles and twos wherever necessary.
The fourth point is to bat according to his/her strengths and choose the best possible shots to score those crucial boundaries. The last pointer is getting familiar and understanding the partner.
Some tips for any run chasers out there 😉 pic.twitter.com/hmQLogpoI4
— Michael Bevan (@mbevan12) August 2, 2021