Understanding T20: a conversation with Hassan Cheema

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Our special guest this week is Hassan Cheema, the strategy manager at Islamabad United – the Pakistan Super League champions in 2016 and 2018.

Hassan talks about the rapidly evolving T20 format and gives us a peek into what franchises are doing to stay ahead of the curve. Having observed some of the top T20 players first-hand, Hassan brings forth the complexities of the game and the challenges involved in managing a team.

Talking Points:

  • How West Indies revolutionized the approach to T20s
  • The overwhelming importance of the toss
  • Measures used to judge a T20 batsman
  • The flexible batting order and how best to use an anchor
  • Unlearning the lessons from red ball cricket
  • Retiring out batsmen and tactical drops
  • What constitutes a good over in T20?
  • Tactics v execution: the tightrope walk
  • How one builds a player’s trust and the need to go beyond cricket
  • The unquantifiable value of some fielders
  • The grammar of T20 and what TV can do better


Hassan Cheema (@mediagag)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)


The flexible team – Tim Wigmore – The Cricket Monthly

How to watch a T20 game – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo

Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution – Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde – Amazon.com

‘If you go searching for wickets in T20, you’re playing into the batsman’s hand’ – Samuel Badree interview – The Cricket Monthly

What’s the deal with T20 batting? – 81allout podcast

T20 openers are more conservative than they need to be – Kartikeya Date – ESPNcricinfo

Is a single in T20 the same as a dot ball in ODIs? – Kartikeya Date – ESPNcricinfo



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