The power-hitters from teams such as Australia, England and the West Indies dominated the shortest format, but Hayden gave the example of the raging Suryakumar to make his point that it’s more about finding a tricky balance.
“The power play in T20 cricket is still under investigation as there is a mix,” said the former Australian opener and current mentor of the Pakistani team ahead of Wednesday. World Cup T20 semifinal against New Zealand.
“I think the subcontinental players, if you look at the tournament so far, guys like Suryakumar Yadav who play beautifully through that mid to late phase, with competence from all parts of the ground, with entry shots, innovation, they become threats .”
Suryakumar has done over 1000 runs in T20 Internationals in 2022.
On Sunday, the 32-year-old mesmerized an 82,000-strong MCG crowd with his blows, some of them outrageous. His undefeated 61-run knock-off from just 25 balls secured India’s big win over Zimbabwe.
“So it’s not always about the power. And like I said, I think as cricketers we’re all trying to understand when the power is, when does that foot hit the ground, when does it slow down and see keep.
“And a lot of the matches were very close matches. And the tricky balance of keeping wickets versus exploring innovation is really why I think a lot of the sides that are here in this tournament now are still there.
“Australia is a good example of that. Power to burn, but has not been able to handle the new ball. And it has allowed itself to become vulnerable through the middle of the order.”
Defending champions Australia failed to reach the knockout stage after finishing third in their super 12 Group 1 with seven points, while England closed the semi-finals thanks to a better net run rate.
Hayden, who was part of the 2003 ODI World Cup-winning team, said Australia has not done things right in their preparation for the flagship T20 and will have to make some bold decisions ahead of the 50 -about next year’s World Cup.
“The Australian team has some thinking to do. There has to be some freshness… there has to be some planning on the way to World Cups. It’s the premium events. It’s the events everyone around the world is planning for, and Australia unfortunately did not work well.
“We all know the Australian cricket team, the culture of Australian cricket has been challenged over the past four or five years. There must be some improvements in the departments, especially I think their fast bowling attack.”
Hayden pointed to some strategic decisions that backfired and also picked up the batters.
“I also think it was strategically important not to play Mitchell Starc, our premium bowler, for that match. So little things, just appearances.
“Davey Warner, his performance in the World Cup was not as special as in the last World Cup. He is a top player. Our expectations, like Babar, are so high like all great players that if they don’t do that if you get it right , they are exposed.
“And then they have to improve their game and challenge themselves and become better players and then play tournament cricket better. And tournament cricket is very difficult. And it’s also very different for the common program, because you don’t get second bites at the cherry typical.”