I have this sneaky feeling it's the men in whites who will engineer their sides to victory in the white-ball ICC World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.
Not so much in the mould of a nightwatchman displaying their survival skills, but test-savvy blokes masquerading in coloured clothes, akin to undercover police officers, to provide the template for raids in the 50-over competition.
Yes, we've seen hybrid batsmen, twitchy bowlers and claustrophobic venues, complete with drummers and balls of flames to rev up fans, dictate terms but when push comes to shove a different picture will emerge.
It's that aspect of the game that has been a red herring for unsuspecting teams such as England, South Africa and Pakistan.
Take a purely white-ball mentality into the business end of the competition and chances are your luck may run out in the lottery stakes.
The World Cup winners, when the dust settles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29, will have factored in a red-ball escape clause after having flirted with its worthiness at different stages of the tourney.
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Chris Gayle (West Indies), David Warner (Australia), AB de Villiers (South Africa) and Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), to name a few, are some of the batsmen who have been pivotal in laying down a solid platform for a Twenty20-style ambush.
Hey, there's always a provision to issue licences to such specimen to start a riot.
In the face of success, it's easy for such bolshie performers to eclipse the subtle facets of play in ODIs.
Black Caps coach Mike Hesson was the first to reveal, before departing from Napier for Hamilton on Monday, that he had no qualms about his troops chasing 150-odd to win games.
It doesn't bother Hesson if his bowlers aren't put under duress to test their character and resilience.
Now having his batsmen go down the order to accrue more crease time may be a different story.
The potential scenario against Bangladesh in the co-hosts' final Pool A game tomorrow is godsend.
A tummy bug may twist Hesson's arm on tweaking his first XI line up who have played all five pool games.
The latest viral victim is Kane Williamson so, a miraculous recovery aside, his omission may prove to be a blessing in disguise.
If the adroit batsman at first drop is scratched from the equation then someone will have to assume the mantle of grafter.
That person will take few risks but tick things over as a seductive Seddon Park entices batsmen to engage in a few lusty liaisons.
Will that responsibility of reluctance land on the shoulders of the only other batsman with test calibre, Ross Taylor?
Or will it go further down to wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi who will be granted dispensation if the stocks are looking healthy in the last eight or so overs?
Corey Anderson and other allrounders/front-line bowlers don't really fit that bill.
Tom Latham may be making his cup debut and Nathan McCullum is likely to slot in for Grant Elliott as well as first-choice tweaker Daniel Vettori (bug).
It's ironic that some didn't think Williamson and left-arm seamer Trent Boult (test pivots) were cut out for the abbreviated format although I do see the merit in nurturing specialist players for test matches.
However, India, in clinically dispatching minnows Ireland on Tuesday, spoke a different dialect at Seddon Park on Tuesday night. Seldom did they take an aerial route.
Instead, masterful strokes of crisp off drives and cut shots only a lunge away from Irish fielders were a timely lesson on an alternative to cross batting one's way to glory.
In fact, the cup will be a battle of styles - running amok with a willow or caressing the ball to the boundary in an educated manner.
That balance is lacking in South Africa and, arguably, non-existent among Englishmen whose minds will be on lugging their coffins home without running too often into their unforgiving media.
De Villiers is a class act but it'll be interesting to see if a shuffle in the Proteas' line up will make a difference.
Quinton de Kock has failed to find traction with the bat so he drops out, with De Villiers keeping wickets despite his agility as a fielder.
Hashim Amla needs to slip down a rung or two to be better able to forage for runs with his test-cricketing nous while Faf du Plessis and De Villiers can shuffle up to face the new ball.
Farhaan Behardien should come into the fray as the rear guard and take pressure of JP Duminy because it seems as if every Proteas batsman who walks out to the crease is trying to emulate De Villiers.
In England's case, where do you start.
The likes of Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell and Jos Buttler have talent but the collective is lacking rhyme and reason.
What strikes me most is that Ravi Bopara has donned a substitute fielder's bib. A medium pacer, I would have thought his 2009-10 stint with Auckland Aces would have made him in an asset.
Pakistan dug their toes in on Sarfraz Ahmed but when they injected him amid widespread discontentment the wicketkeeper proved his worth.
Sometimes, that's all it takes to turn around a team's fortunes.