“I Feel There Is An Imbalance Between The Bat And The Ball”


Last Update on: April 21st, 2023 at 06:27 pm

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed his concerns about the current state of cricket, stating that the increasing popularity of T20 cricket has led to a decline in interest in the ODI format.

Sachin Tendulkar believes that the 50-over format is currently heavily biased towards the batters, and the lack of balance between bat and ball needs to be addressed. Tendulkar also emphasized the importance of playing Test matches on a variety of pitches to maintain the fans’ interest in the longer format of the game.

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There is an ongoing debate about the relevance of the ODI format in today’s cricketing landscape dominated by T20 cricket. While some argue that only the shortest and the longest formats should be retained, others believe that ODI cricket still has a place in the sport.

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You Blink And The Match Is Over: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is of the opinion that the game has become faster with the introduction of T20 cricket, and it is important to restore balance in ODI cricket. He believes that measures should be taken to ensure that the format remains competitive and exciting.

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“You blink and the match is over. I feel all three formats are different but somewhere I feel one-day format (is something that) people need to have a look at closely, I feel there is an imbalance between the bat and the ball. It is too much at this point in time in favour of the batters.”

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According to Sachin Tendulkar, the current rules of cricket favor the batters too heavily, and the bowlers should be given more of an advantage to restore balance. He noted that the use of two white balls and field restrictions give batters too much freedom without enough challenge, making it a batters’ game.

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“With two new balls even in the 25th over the ball is literally 12 or 13 overs old. There is no such thing as reverse swing or the discolouration of the ball, or the ball becoming soft.”

“I find these factors really put pressure on the bowling side and there were challenges (earlier) that one did not pick the ball because of the discolouration. That is an advantage of the bowler, and with field restrictions we need to balance that out,”

Sachin Tendulkar mentioned that he had previously proposed dividing One-day cricket into four innings of 25 overs each to provide an equal opportunity for both teams. He believes that the current format heavily favors the team that wins the coin toss, as the conditions can be tilted in their favor. Tendulkar thinks that the proposed change would level the playing field and create fairer competition.

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